LEEDCo seeks Icebreaker permit
Ohio regulators reviewing 18MW freshwater offshore wind project
The Lake Erie Development Corporation (LEEDCo) has taken another step in the development of an 18MW freshwater offshore wind project. The non-profit company has filed an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility with the Ohio Power Siting Board.
The demonstration-scale Icebreaker project consists of six Siemens SWT-3.0-113 turbines with an 87.5-meter hub height and 120-meter rotor diameter. Monopile foundations will include a cone attached at the water level to break up large sheets of ice.
LEEDCo intends to install the units seven to nine miles off the coast of Cleveland in Lake Erie in water depths from 56 feet to 62 feet.
The 34.5kVcables are to be buried, including five kilometers of inter array lines and 12 kilometers of export cable that interconnects to a 34.5/69 kV substation at the Cleveland Public Power Lake Road substation. The utility will buy 25% of the project’s output.
“The overall goal is for Icebreaker to serve as a technological, economic, and regulatory innovation and validation center to prove that offshore wind generation is a sustainable strategy for the Great Lakes,” said LEEDCo.
Regulators will hold public hearings after the application is reviewed and deemed complete. Environ International Corporation prepared the environmental assessment.
The company received $4m from the Energy Department and is competing to be one of three recipients selected for an additional $46.7m each that will fund Icebreaker through 2017 to its operational phase. Winners are to be announced in May.
The company hopes the pilot project will lead to multiple utility scale projects in Lake Erie.
Image: Icebreaker pilot project planned for Lake Erie (LEEDCo)