Pennsylvania looks offshore
Lake Erie Council has joined efforts to build the 18MW Icebreaker off Ohio
Erie County Council in Pennsylvania has voted unanimously to join Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation and help drive the 18MW Icebreaker freshwater offshore wind demo.
Membership of the LEEDCo public-private partnership allows Erie County to coordinate with other members and partners to shape a long-term strategy for developing offshore wind projects at Lake Erie.
Other members include the Ohio lakefront counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake and Lorain, the City of Cleveland, NorTech and the Cleveland Foundation.
County executive Kathy Dahlkemper will represent Erie County on the LEEDCo board. She said: “Offshore wind is our region’s most abundant clean energy resource and developing projects in Lake Erie will create jobs, boost the economy and clean up the environment.
“Joining LEEDCo gives Erie County a seat at the table to ensure that our local environmental and economic benefits are maximised and the best interests of the public are protected as the offshore wind industry grows.”
With the addition of Erie County, approximately 2.2m acres of Lake Erie are now within the LEEDCo borders.
The Icebreaker pilot in Ohio will feature six turbines. LEEDCo secured a submerged lands lease for the project in 2014 at a site approximately seven to 10 miles off the coast of downtown Cleveland.
LEEDCo president Lorry Wagner said: “Erie County has a tremendous offshore wind resource and a network of businesses that could supply parts and services to this exciting new industry.
“We are eager to partner with Erie County to move the Icebreaker project forward and to explore the long-term possibilities in Pennsylvania.”
Image: Icebreaker will be sited on Lake Erie (LEEDCo)