Beth Nagusky / Director of Sustainable Development, LEEDCo
This is an exciting time for Icebreaker Wind, the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America and only the second offshore wind farm in the US. This demonstration project will accelerate the transformation to a “Green City on a Blue Lake” and inaugurate a new industry in Northeast Ohio.
We achieved a major milestone when we submitted our application on February 1, 2017 to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need. It contained results from our geophysical, geotechnical, and marine archaeology surveys, as well as a visual impact assessment, risk analyses for birds, bats and fisheries, and details on the engineering and construction. The application overwhelmingly demonstrates the environmental and economic need for this clean energy project and clearly shows the minimal risk it poses to the environment. The OPSB will review our application, issue a staff report and hold a public hearing in Cleveland sometime later in the spring. The entire process should conclude by the end of this summer.
The OPSB wants to hear what you think about the project and is accepting public comments now. We expect that a small number of vocal opponents will make their voices heard, and in fact, some have already submitted letters in opposition. This is where you come in; we know that our supporters vastly outnumber those who might oppose the project. Please make your voice heard!
Send an email or letter in support of Icebreaker Wind to the Ohio Power Siting Board today!! Emails should be sent to contactOPSB@puc.state.oh.us. Or, you can send a letter to:
Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus Ohio 43215.
Include in the subject line:
16-1871-EL-BGN Icebreaker Windpower
Let me know if you have any questions about the process or how you can participate. For talking points, please go to the LEEDCo website to download the sheet. Of course, feel free to share this request with your friends and family and have them participate as well.
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