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Great Lakes Offshore Wind Gets Boost From Ohio Supreme Court Ruling

  • Icebreaker project in Lake Erie faced challenge from residents
  • Icebreaker would be first US freshwater wind project

Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. may resume its long-stalled efforts to build the first offshore wind project in the US Great Lakes after the Ohio Supreme Court rejected a challenge to its permit.  

The Cleveland-based company can construct six turbines in Lake Erie, the court ruled Wednesday, upholding the permit issued in 2020 by the Ohio Power Siting Board. The $127 million Icebreaker project would have about 21 megawatts of capacity and is intended to demonstrate the viability of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes.