COLUMBUS — State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) voiced his support today on the decision of the Ohio Power Siting Board to allow the Northeast Ohio Ice Breaker Wind Project to proceed without restrictions on operating times.
In May, OPSB approved the project but included a “shutdown mandate” to force the wind farm to cease operating each night from March until November. Leedco, the developer, appealed the decision because, according to Leedco, the condition would render the project financially unfeasible.
“The Ice Breaker Wind Project represents a significant investment in our clean energy portfolio here in Northeast Ohio, so I’m pleased with Ohio Power Siting Board’s decision to allow the project to move forward without unnecessary restrictions, but I do have reservations about the Board’s decision to reserve the right to cancel the project at a later date,” said Rep. Crossman.
The Icebreaker Wind six-turbine project is planned to be eight miles off Cleveland’s shoreline. The project has been 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.