The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), held a public meeting on Wednesday September 28, 2016 for the proposed Project Icebreaker. Icebreaker is a 6-turbine wind demonstration project 8-10 miles offshore in Lake Erie proposed by the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo). The public meeting was held to obtain public input on the scope of an Environmental Assessment to be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). EDR Principals John Hecklau and Ben Brazell were present at the meeting and assisted LEEDCo and federal agencies with the public’s questions about the project’s visibility from the lakeshore and general questions about the project. EDR’s responsibilities for Project Icebreaker include preparation of an Application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, which will be submitted to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), along with preparation of multiple permit applications/analyses to be submitted to various federal agencies (e.g., Section 10/404 Application, Navigational Risk Assessment, Application for International Joint Commission Order).
Additional information on the Project’s review under NEPA can be found here: http://www.energy.gov/nepa/ea-2045-lake-erie-energy-development-corporation-s-project-icebreaker-offshore-wind-advanced
Additional information on Project Icebreaker can be found here: http://www.leedco.org/icebreaker
For More InformationBen Brazell, Principal | Director of Environmental Services