Company advances 20.7-MW wind project in Lake Erie, offshore of Cleveland

Fred. Olsen Renewables USA LLC/Icebreaker Windpower Inc. filed a Sept. 13 pre-application notice with the Ohio Power Siting Board regarding its proposed offshore wind facility.

This would be a six-turbine demonstration project located on approximately 4.2 acres of leased land in Lake Erie, 8-10 miles off of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The wind turbines are expected to have a nameplate capacity of 3.45 MW each, with a total maximum generating capacity of 20.7 MW.

The project will include an approximately 11.8-mile submerged cable route that will transmit the electricity to the mainland Cleveland Public Power (CPP) Lake Road substation. The project substation will be located on approximately 0.4 acres of leased land at the CPP substation and approximately 150 feet of new overhead cable will transmit electricity from the project substation to the CPP substation.

Said the Sept. 13 letter: “The Applicant will provide clean renewable energy to Cleveland area electricity consumers and enable the study of offshore wind technology operations in a freshwater environment. The Applicant anticipates filing its application with the Board in the fourth quarter 2016. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2018, resulting in commercial operations in late 2018.”

It said a public information meeting will be held on Sept. 28 in Lakewood, which is a Cleveland suburb.

At this time, the company said it does not anticipate that it will be filing any requests for waiver from the board’s rules regarding this facility.

Separately, Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. on Sept. 13 told the board that it is withdrawing its application for a certificate to construct Project Icebreaker, a wind facility, which had been filed in February 2014. It noted that the Fred. Olsen Renewables USA LLC/Icebreaker Windpower application will replace and supersede its prior application.

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