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OPSB rules on applications for rehearing in Lake Erie wind farm case, removes modified turbine feathering requirement
The Ohio Power Siting Board today adopted an oral motion that was unanimously approved during its Sept. 17, 2020 meeting, removing a requirement that Icebreaker Windpower must completely feather wind turbines, stopping them from rotating, during nighttime hours from March 1 through November 1.

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COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct. 8, 2020) – Today the Ohio Power Siting Board formally adopted an oral motion that was unanimously approved during its Sept. 17, 2020 meeting, removing a requirement that Icebreaker Windpower, Inc. (Icebreaker) must completely feather wind turbines, stopping them from rotating, during nighttime hours from March 1 through November 1. Today’s Board order on rehearing grants in part, and denies, in part, the application for rehearing filed in this proceeding by Icebreaker and denies applications for rehearing filed by other parties to the case.

If constructed, the Icebreaker project will consist of six wind turbines located 8 to 10 miles off the shore of Cleveland in Lake Erie. Each of the turbines will have a nameplate generating capacity rating of 3.45 megawatts (MW), creating a combined capacity of up to 20.7 MW.

Icebreaker must comply with 33 conditions before, during and after construction of the project, as well as during facility operation. Among these conditions, Icebreaker must conduct radar studies, and, based on these studies, provide the Board with a bird and bat impact mitigation plan. The Board must approve, through a public and transparent process, a final bird and bat risk mitigation protocol prior to the start of construction.

In a May 21, 2020 decision, the Board approved and modified an agreement signed by parties, including Icebreaker, the Business Network for Offshore Wind, the Sierra Club, the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters, the Ohio Environmental Council, and the Board staff. Following this decision, several parties, including Icebreaker, the Bratenahl Residents, the Business Network for Offshore Wind, the Sierra Club, the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters, and the Ohio Environmental Council, filed applications for rehearing. On Sept. 17, 2020, the Board orally approved a motion to remove the feathering modification contained in its May 21, 2020 opinion, order, and certificate. Today’s order on rehearing is consistent with that motion.

Additional information about the Icebreaker project, including today’s Board order on rehearing in case number 16-1871-EL-BGN and a concurring opinion issued by Chairman Sam Randazzo, is available at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.

Recorded webcasts of today’s Board meeting and the May 21 and Sept. 17, 2020 meetings, are available on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/PUCOhio. Meeting minutes for the Sept. 17, 2020 meeting are also available on the OPSB website.

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The Ohio Power Siting Board reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the Board strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.