The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has been reviewing an application to install six wind turbines off the coast of Cleveland in Lake Erie. Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo), a non-profit organization founded in 2009 is leading the charge to build offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes.
Icebreaker Wind is the name of the proposed offshore wind project. The Icebreaker Wind project will consist of six 3.45 MW turbines, which will generate 20.7 MW of electrical power to Ohio. The wind turbines are located approximately eight miles north of the city of Cleveland.
Public opinion overwhelming supported the Icebreaker Wind project. The Union of Carpenters, Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Ironworkers Union were outspoken supporters of this offshore wind project. Environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth were also enthusiastic supporters of the Icebreaker Wind project.
Fossil fuel (coal, natural gas and petroleum) provides 90% of the fuel for electricity in Ohio. Offshore wind projects have the potential to significantly reduce the state’s consumption of fossil fuel. In my opinion, offshore wind is a renewable energy source which should also be pursued in the Pacific Northwest.