March 27 (Renewables Now) - The 20.7-MW Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie has received the required construction permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers, developer LEEDCo announced on Monday.
Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo), which is developing what will be the first freshwater offshore wind project in North America, expects to launch construction by 2021. The company said it will continue toward securing the remaining state approvals for the scheme, in which it is partnering with Fred. Olsen Renewables USA.
The latest approval was granted after more than two years of review and follows the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (Ohio EPA’s) decision last year to permit the project near the coast of Cleveland under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. Clearance by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) and water quality certificate of approval from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were obtained last summer.
“This project represents the first step toward realizing the substantial potential of making our region a national hub for wind energy,” said LEEDCo’s president Lorry Wagner.