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Final Nail in Coffin for Icebreaker Offshore Wind Turbine Project

Friday, June 12, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Lessway
After years of permitting battles, the Ohio Power Siting Board this week approved the Icebreaker project, but it came with a “project-killing” catch: The wind farm would be forced to pause its turbines at nighttime between March and November to protect birds and bats, gutting its revenue stream. The requirement to turn off the turbines at night — known as “feathering” — had come up in earlier permitting discussions, but the developer LEEDCo insisted that such a condition would make the project impossible to finance.
MBIA has long opposed building wind turbines in the Great Lakes and has fought hard to stop the “Ice Breaker project” in Lake Erie. We are happy to hear the project is dead. Icebreaker was seen to be a “demonstrator”project to open up a new market for wind development in Lake Erie and the rest of the Great Lakes. To read the full story from Green tech Media, click here.

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