Icebreaker Wind is a unique wind energy project – the first offshore wind facility in the Great Lakes, the first freshwater wind farm in North America, and only the second offshore wind project in the entire U.S. Very simply, it offers Ohio the opportunity to become a national leader in the emerging offshore wind industry.
GEO has submitted letters of support to various public forums and the Ohio Power Siting Board. Click on the corresponding year to view our letters of public support.
On August 10, 2022, in a 6-1 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in favor of Icebreaker Wind, affirming that the state permit was correctly granted, allowing the project to move forward. The challenge, brought by two Bratenahl residents, was the last legal hurdle to the development of the first fresh water, off shore wind turbine installation in North America. GEO actively supported Icebreaker Wind at every stage.
On May 21, 2022 Green Energy Ohio the Ohio Power Siting Board removed the nighttime “feathering” requirement from their order on Icebreaker Windpower. GEO denounced the initial decision as containing a “poison pill” intended to undermine the financial viability of the project. The unanimous vote on the amendment offered by Director Mary Mertz of the Department of Natural Resources allows Icebreaker to move forward toward final approval.
Ohio Supreme Court to hear arguments over state certificate to allow Icebreaker wind project on Lake Erie
On Dec. 7, the Ohio Supreme Court will hear an appeal from W. Susan Dempsey and Robert M. Maloney against from Ohio Power Siting Board.
An Offshore Wind Farm on Lake Erie Moves Closer to Reality, but Will It Ever Be Built? – Inside Climate News
Icebreaker would be the first freshwater wind farm in North America. But after more than a decade, it is still jumping hurdles and polarizing environmental groups.
Icebreaker wind project proposed for Lake Erie needs to find more financing soon
LEEDCo, the non-profit behind the Icebreaker demonstration wind project proposed for Lake Erie said it could lose vital federal funding if plans are not reached soon to move the project forward.
Plans for Lake Erie wind farm clear a major hurdle, as ‘poison pill’ restriction is lifted
Plans to build the Icebreaker Wind project took a major – and unexpected – step forward Thursday.
Ohio lawmakers challenge siting board over ‘poison pill’ for offshore wind
The Ohio Power Siting Board says it may reconsider a ruling that developers say would effectively kill the state’s first offshore wind project
Cleveland Council President Wants Wind Turbine Restrictions Removed
The restrictions include shutting down the turbines every night for two-thirds of the year to protect migratory birds.
A bipartisan coalition of 32 state lawmakers from Northeast Ohio has interceded on behalf of the Lake Erie Energy Development Company’s 20.7-megawatt demonstration offshore wind project, now before state regulators.
Northeast Ohio lawmakers urge state regulators to reconsider Lake Erie wind farm ruling
Thirty-two lawmakers asked state regulators to reconsider a ruling they claim would doom the construction of Icebreaker Wind, the nation’s first freshwater offshore wind farm, in Lake Erie.
Ohio regulators OK Lake Erie wind farm with ‘poison pill’ that may kill project
Requirement for nightly shutdowns for two-thirds of the year reneges on compromise reached with agencies two years ago.
Final approval needed to move forward on Icebreaker Wind Project
If you support renewable energy development, climate change action, and Ohio’s economic growth, Green Energy Ohio encourages you to consider signing a letter in support of Icebreaker Wind. Click here to read a project update and access a downloadable letter of support!