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LEEDCo Appeals Icebreaker Wind Deal Breaker Ruling (Ind. Report)
LEEDCo
Date: 2020-06-24
Following up on our 27th May report, Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is calling for the Ohio Power Sitting Board (OPSB) to reconsider its ruling that the 20.7 MW Lake Erie (offshore) Icebreaker Wind demo project cease operations every night from March until November, which renders the project "financially untenable", according to LEEDCo.

As previously reported, the project was reviewed by more than a dozen state and federal agencies including U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Ohio EPA, and others. It has the support of many environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Ohio Environmental Council. (Source: LEEDCo, Offshore Wind, 23 June, 2020) Contact: LEEDCo, Dave Karpinski, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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Lake Erie Wind Pilot Approved with Major Limitations (Ind. Report)
Lake Erie Energy Development Corp
Date: 2020-05-27
The Ohio Power Siting Board last week approved non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) pilot six-turbine Lake Erie offshore wind project with 33 -- including one that the turbines could not turn at night between March 1 and November 1, to limit risk to birds and bats. The developer claims the limits may kill the demonstration project which , as previously reported, received $40 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE.

The Icebreaker pilot project has been approved by U.S. DOE, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which last year signed off on an environmental assessment that found no significant environmental impact from the project. The project is also supported by the Ohio Environmental Council and Sierra Club. (Source: LEEDCo, Cleveland.com, 23 May, 2020) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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Lake Erie Wind Pilot Approved with Major Limitations (Ind. Report)
Lake Erie Energy Development Corp
Date: 2020-05-27
In Columbbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board last week approved non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) pilot six-turbine Lake Erie offshore wind project with 33 restrictive conditions, including one that the turbines could not turn at night between March 1 and November 1, to limit risk to birds and bats. The developer claims the limits may kill the demonstration project which , as previously reported, received $40 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE.

The Icebreaker pilot project was previously approved by U.S. DOE, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which last year signed off on a 180-page environmental assessment, that found no significant environmental impact from the project which is supported by the Ohio Environmental Council and Sierra Club (Source: LEEDCo, Cleveland.com, 23 May, 2020) Contact:

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Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project Wins Support (Ind. Report)
Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation
Date: 2019-11-18
In the Buckeye State, the Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is reporting the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners have come out in support of LEEDCo's long delayed plan to construct the first freshwater offshore wind project approximately 8 miles off the shores of Cleveland in Lake Erie.

LEEDCo's six-turbine "Icebreaker Windpower" project has been in the works since 2009.

In supporting LEEDCo, the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners noted the County has potential for its own wind energy projects down the road, and the LEEDCo project will serve as a regional starting point for future Lake Eries offshore wind projects. (Source: LEEDCo, Ashtabula Star Beacon, 17 Nov., 2019)Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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US DOE Granting $28Mn In Funding For Wind R&D (Funding, R&D)
US DOE
Date: 2019-10-28
In Washington, the US DOE reports it will allocate $28 million in funding to to 13 projects aimed at wind energy cost reductions, with a focus on offshore, distributed and onshore utility-scale wind.

Of the total, as much as $10 million will go to two offshore wind technology demonstration projects -- Lake Erie Energy Development Corp (LEEDCo) will deploy innovative sensing technologies for tracking bird activity near wind turbines, while the University of Maine will develop a floating substructure design for a 10 MW -- 12 MW wind turbine and install it at a project off Maine.

Roughly $7 million will support the testing of innovative offshore wind technologies at national-level testing facilities, with the funding to be shared by six projects including Clemson University which is aiming to improve offshore wind turbine nacelle testing. In another project, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre in Boston is seeking to upgrade its testing facility to make possible the structural testing of wind turbine blades with lengths of between 85 metres and 120 metres.

Other recipients include Oregon State University of Corvallis for tests on the combined effects of wind and waves on floating offshore wind turbines. Four of the 13 selected projects will receive a total of $6 million to support rural utilities by developing technologies that integrate wind with other distributed energy resources. (Source: US DOE, 23 Oct., 2019)

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Diamond Generating Exploring Lake Erie Wind Project (Ind Report)
Diamond Generating Corporation
Date: 2019-07-31
Los Angeles, California-based Mitsubishi subsidiary Diamond Generating Corporation is proposing construction of 50 or more wind turbines in Lake Erie, offshore of Buffalo, and is presently holding public meetings to that end.

On Monday, NY State Senator Chris Jacobs came out in opposition to Diamond Generating's Lake Erie wind farm plans although no proposals for the project have officially been filed with the state. The senator noted he was declaring his opposition for a variety of reasons before the company's plan was released because large scale energy projects can easily pass through the state under Article 10 allows projects to proceed without local approval. Another legislator, US Congressman Chris Collins, is expected to announce federal action to stymie the Lake Erie project on a federal level.

In Cleveland, LEEDCo -- a long delayed Lake Erie offshore wind project first proposed in 2009 -- has finally jumped through all the hoops and been OK'd by the Army Corps of Engineers. Construction there is expected to begin in 2022. (Source: WKBW, Buffalo, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Diamond Generating Corp., (213) 473-0080 info@dgc-us.com, www.dgc-us.com; LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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LEEDCo Making Progress in Battle of Lake Erie Wind (Ind. Report)
Erie Energy Development Corporation
Date: 2019-05-17
The week in Clevelad, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) reported it has reached an agreement with the Ohio Power Siting Board, laying the foundation to build its long-delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind energy project approximately 8 – 10 miles off of Cleveland. The project would include an 11.8-mile long submerged electric line to transmit power to Cleveland Public Power's onshore Lake Road substation. Under the agreement, LEEDCo will not begin construction until it has a signed Interconnection Service Agreement with PJM Interconnection, LLC, to link its wind 3.45-MW turbines into the regional transmission system. LEEDCo must now get approval for a permit from the Siting Board to move forward with construction, which could begin as early as 2021.

The project has already earned approvals from 13 local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a host of environmental and other requirements. Several environmental groups including Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council are supporting Icebreaker Wind.

In August 2009, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) was created by the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (GLEDTF), and developed and launched by NorTech Energy Enterprise, the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties (Ohio). LEEDCo was founded as a private, nonprofit regional corporation to initially erect wind turbines in Lake Erie, and eventually to help stimulate an entire offshore freshwater wind industry in the Great Lakes.

LEEDCo is a regional economic development public-private partnership that has brought together important project stakeholders from the City of Cleveland, the Port Authority, and coastal counties, according to the company website. (Source: LEEDCo, wkyc3, 15 May, 2019)Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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LEEDCo's Offshore Wind Passes Army Engineers Muster (Ind Report)
LEEDCo
Date: 2019-03-27
In Cleveland, LEEDCo's long delayed 6-turbine, 21-MW Icebreaker Wind Inc. offshore wind energy project proposed for Lake Erie reports it has received the US Army Corps of Engineers approval for construction. The Army Corps of Engineers administers and enforces provisions of the Rivers and Harbors Act and the Clean Water Act.

The $126 million Icebreaker project previously received approvals and permits from over a dozen local, state and federal agencies that have responsibility for environmental protection, but still requires the go-ahead from the US state of Ohio. If approved, construction could start in 2021, according to LEEDCo. (Source: LEEDCo. WCBE FM,, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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LEEDCo Icebreaker Offshore Wind Wins Another Approval (Reg & Leg)
LEEDCo
Date: 2018-08-01
In Cleveland, the long delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind Inc. offshore wind energy project proposed for Lake Erie reports it has received a Section 401 water quality certificate of approval from the Ohio EPA which administers and enforces the federal Clean Water Act. The Permit certifies that a project will not impair water quality within the state. Inc,

The Icebreaker project -- to be located eight miles off of the coast of downtown Cleveland -- must earn approvals and/or permits from 14 local, state and federal agencies. As we reported July 5, the project earned conditional approval from the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board. (Source: LEEDCo,, Offshore Wind, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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Lake Erie Fresh Water Offshore Wind Park Site Approved (Reg & Leg)
Lake Erie Energy Development Co
Date: 2018-07-05
Following up on our August 2nd, 2017 coverage, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reports it has recommended a conditional approval for the long-delayed Lake Erie Energy Development Co, (LEEDCo) 20.7-MW demonstration-scale Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie.

The freshwater wind farm would incorporate six 3.45-MW turbines, 8 miles to 10 miles off the shore of Cleveland, and a 12-mile submerged transmission line connecting the the wind farm to Cleveland Public Power.

The LEEDCo project is now slated to get underway in the summer of 2020 and end a year later. Commissioning is scheduled for December 2021. (Source: LEEDCo Website, Renewables Now, LEEDCo, 4 July, 2018) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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