First-ever U.S. Freshwater Wind Farm to be Developed in Ohio

On July 5, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) recommended conditional approval of what could be the first freshwater wind turbine project ever developed in the United States. Led by the Lake Erie Energy Development Co. (LEEDCo), the six-turbine "Icebreaker" wind farm will be sited approximately 10 miles off the coast of Cleveland, OH in Lake Erie. While construction is tentatively set to begin in 2021, the OPSB has required LEEDCo to coordinate with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to meet 36 conditions pertaining to the environmental impact of the wind farm. Among these conditions are the development of a bird and bat monitoring plan and sophisticated radar system to allow safe night operations in winter.