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Ohio Supreme Court rules work can start on Lake Erie wind project

August 11, 2022

The proposed six-turbine Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie has received a favourable decision from the Ohio Supreme Court which has ruled the project may proceed. 

The court held the Ohio Power Siting Board properly issued a permit that allows construction of the project to move ahead. 

Writing for the Court’s 6-1 majority decision, Justice Jennifer Brunner explained that the siting board collected the necessary research to allow Icebreaker to begin construction, while also requiring more data before the company can operate the turbines.

“Rather than requiring Icebreaker to resolve those matters before issuing the certificate, the board determined that the conditions on its grant of the application were sufficient to protect birds and bats and to ensure that the facility represented the minimum adverse environmental impact,” Brunner wrote.

The ruling provides the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) additional certainty so that it can market Icebreaker’s power to potential customers. 

One-third of the power is already under contract with the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County and with its permit secure, LEEDCo can now focus on marketing the remaining two-thirds of the electricity it will produce.

[Staff Report]

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