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LEEDCo gets rolling on permit

Ohio Power Siting Board to consider 18MW Icebreaker demonstrator

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The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) has kicked off permitting for the 18MW Icebreaker demonstration project off the coast of Cleveland.

The developer plans to install six Siemens SWT-3.0-113 turbines about seven miles into Lake Erie, LEEDCo said in a pre-application notification letter to the Ohio Power Siting Board.

The monopile-mounted turbines will have an 87.5-meter hub height, a 120-meter rotor diameter and a surface water elevation of about 27.5 meters.

A buried transmission cable will transport power to the point of interconnection to the bulk power grid proposed at the Cleveland Public Power Lake Road substation.  The utility has committed to buying 25% of the project’s output.

LEEDCo held a public information meeting last week that will be followed by formal hearings once a full application is submitted and deemed complete.

The proponent expects to file a for a site permit in early 2014 in advance of a final progress report due in mid-February. LEEDCo is competing with five other offshore wind projects for one of three $46.7m investments by the US Department of Energy.

Image: Soil boring in Lake Erie for Icebreaker pilot project (LEEDCo)

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