No vote scheduled yet on the Icebreaker Wind Project

(Cleveland) - So far, there's no word as to when the Ohio Power Siting Board will vote on the Icebreaker Wind Project. The proposal aims to build a series of electricity generating turbines along the Lake Erie shore.

Siting Board spokesman Matt Butler says hearings on the project have been held but so far there's no time table for a vote.

Butler tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, negotiations are continuing over the protection of wildlife like birds and bats, but most of the hearings are done.

The board's next meeting is April 18th, even if they give the approval, there could be appeals by any unhappy parties, and the case could go to the Ohio Supreme Court. If approved it would be the first freshwater wind-energy installation in North America.

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation is a non-profit, public-private partnership that was founded in 2009, to lead the efforts to build a sustainable offshore wind energy industry in the Great Lakes.

The Icebreaker Wind Project would begin with a 20.7 MW demonstration wind farm consisting of six 3.45 MW turbines located 8 miles north of Cleveland.

Backers maintain the project will create renewable energy and new jobs. Critics claim the project would harm tourism by ruining the landscape, and destroying wildlife.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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