The Ohio Power Siting Board issued a conditional certificate providing Icebreaker Windpower, Inc. an opportunity to move forward with the construction of six wind turbines in Lake Erie. LEEDCo is not happy. Of course not, they are never happy unless they are in charge of the bargaining…unless they are the BigDog in the room…unless they are the bully at the table. They fail to see the importance of bats/birds to our economy in the MidWest. Without them, agriculture requires significantly more pesticides, as birds/bats are estimated to impact our economy in the $Billions. Bird/bats save our farmers $, but BigWind is the Bat/Bird Blender of the air…
If constructed, the Icebreaker Wind project will be located 8 to 10 miles off the shore of Cleveland. Each of the project’s six turbines will have a nameplate generating capacity rating of 3.45 megawatts (MW), with a combined capacity of up to 20.7 MW. The project will include a 12-mile long submerged cable to transmit the electricity generated by the wind turbines to Cleveland Public Power’s onshore Lake Road Substation….
Under the terms of the certificate, Icebreaker Wind must comply with 33 conditions prior, during, and after construction of the project, as well as during facility operation. Among these conditions, Icebreaker Wind must conduct radar studies and, based on these studies, provide the OPSB with a bird and bat impact mitigation plan, including a collision monitoring plan. Until additional information is provided to the Board and the Board finds otherwise, Icebreaker Wind must completely feather turbines (stopping them from rotating) during nighttime hours from March 1 through November 1 as an initial bird and bat risk mitigation measure. This condition reduces operations during the periods when there is a heightened risk to bird and bat populations. Icebreaker can seek, through a public and transparent process, to modify this feathering condition once it has collected and submitted actual monitoring information to the OPSB….(from the Press release of the Ohio Power Siting Board)
Link to LeedCo article out of WKYC, describing the status