Lake Erie wind farm recommended with some restrictions
CLEVELAND (AP) — A proposed six-turbine wind farm on Lake Erie has been recommended for construction by staff of a state board in Ohio, with certain restrictions.
The Ohio Power Siting Board’s staff has recommended the state allow construction of the $126 million project, with restrictions including one on turbine operation. For the turbines to operate at night when it’s not winter, the developers will have to get approval on a plan to monitor the impact on birds and bats.
The director of sustainable development for the nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Co., or LEEDCo, says she’s confident about getting that done.
Plans call for the turbines to be 8 to 10 miles (13 to 16 kilometers) northwest of Cleveland. Construction would start in 2021.
This story has been corrected to show that staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board, not the board has recommended the state allow wind farm construction with restrictions.