Wind Turbine

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation

A Cleveland company trying to build a set of wind turbines on Lake Erie has been waiting since July for the state to certify its project. This month, the group filed another set of reports in the hopes of moving the process forward.


Project Icebreaker is the name of a Lake Erie wind energy project that’s been talked about for more than a year. Organizers are moving forward with permitting and planning, and a Cleveland company is leading the charge. 

Great Lakes Today's Elizabeth Miller joined WCPN All Things Considered host Tony Ganzer for an update -- including proposed safeguards for bird, bats and fish.


On Lake Erie, the offshore wind industry is moving forward with Project Icebreaker, a proposal that would place 6 wind turbines off the coast of Lake Erie.  It’d be the country’s first freshwater wind farm.

The Cleveland Foundation’s Shilpa Kedar says there is an advantage to being first in the Great Lakes in offshore wind.

"As this grows in the rest of the Great Lakes and beyond, we can start exporting the skills, the intellectual capital, the ability for our manufacturing to produce these products," said Kedar.

Elizabeth Miller

Cleveland’s own Charles Brush created the world’s first electric wind turbine in the 1800’s. He used it to power his home. And since then, wind turbines have popped up all over the world -- but never in the Great Lakes.

That could change with Project Icebreaker, a six-turbine demonstration to be located eight to 10 miles off Cleveland’s shore.  

The Ohio Air National Guard plans to build a wind turbine to generate energy for a camp near Lake Erie, but groups involved with protecting birds want to stop that plan.

Operated by the National Guard, Camp Perry sits on the shore of Lake Erie in Port Clinton.  And the proposed wind turbine would be about 10 miles from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, home to many migrating birds. It’s also the host for an event called “Biggest Week in American Birding”.

Michael Hutchins of the American Bird Conservancy says that’s a problem.