Senate District 21
Sandra R. Williams
Williams Announces Lake Erie Icebreaker Wind Project Approved by Power Siting Board
May 21, 2020

Today, state Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) applauded the Ohio Power Siting Board for approving Icebreaker’s application to build a wind turbine farm about eight miles off the Lake Erie shoreline.

“The approval of the Icebreaker wind project is an exciting opportunity for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio,” said Williams, who is a member of the Ohio Power Siting Board. “This historic development will provide a significant economic impact, contribute to energy diversification, and improve the quality of life in our region. I am grateful for the Power Siting Board’s approval of this investment into jobs and clean energy.”

The Icebreaker project is a six-turbine wind farm, located approximately eight miles from the Lake Erie shore. It will be the first offshore wind project in Ohio, as well as the first freshwater offshore project in North America. Its construction is expected to create over 500 local jobs. Icebreaker’s economic impact is estimated to be $85 million during construction and an additional $168 million during operation.
“I have worked with the Power Siting Board since the Icebreaker application was submitted and have consistently advocated for its approval,” said Williams. “It is rare to come across an opportunity that would benefit a region and create both significant economic growth and essential environmental benefits. The approval of this project puts Ohio at the forefront of a new, high-growth industry. I am thrilled it will be built in Northeast Ohio.”

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