ENVIRONMENTAL. ECONOMIC. EMOTIONAL.

The Issues With Project Icebreaker Just Keep Coming

A Massive Industrial Wind Turbine Corridor with 1450 giant wind turbines, each one rising 479 feet above the lake surface, is planned to be installed within 5 to 8 miles off the Lake Erie Shoreline right here in North East Ohio.

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Environmental

Don’t let this be another “Mistake on the Lake” moment for Ohio.

Demand for an Environmental Impact Statement by supporting our cause. You can sign the petition here.

Economic

  • This project is expected to cost about $126MM to construct. It will result in a capacity of 20.7 MWh of power. The Steel Winds onshore project in Buffalo NY cost 75% to build AND generates more power.

  • Offshore wind turbine maintenance costs are 3-4x higher than onshore.

  • The useful life of a turbine is about 15 years, being generous, at which point many need to be decommissioned and removed. California has thousands of turbines that are abandoned and falling apart. Who will be paying this bill?

  • LEEDCo claims that Project Icebreaker will create “8,000 new good-paying jobs,” but that claim is linked to an Icebreaker document that details their plans to develop 5,000 megawatts of wind power on Lake Erie by 2030. This plan would require a wind farm consisting of 1,400-1,500 wind turbines.

    Project Icebreaker’s own Environmental Assessment (EA) indicates a potential for 496 jobs during the build-out of Project Icebreaker’s six wind turbines.

    Project Icebreaker is estimated to create nine [9] full-time equivalent jobs

    SOURCE: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2018/09/f55/EA-2045-LEEDCo-Final%20EA-2018.pdf

  • Lake Erie tourism, including vacation home rentals and lodging, is a $14 Billion per year industry. A recent North Carolina State University study shows that over half of vacationers would not rent if offshore wind turbines are in sight. [SOURCE: https://cenrep.ncsu.edu/2016/04/03/offshore-wind-tourism/]

  • Cleveland Public Power and Cuyahoga County have agreed to buy Icebreaker’s power for a price “not to exceed” $181 per megawatt hour. Power from the grid is currently available at $34 per megawatt hour. [SOURCE: https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/2018/01/icebreaker_wind_project_in_cle.html]

Don’t let this be another “Mistake on the Lake” moment for Ohio.

Demand for an Environmental Impact Statement by supporting our cause. You can sign the petition here.

Emotional

  • Millions of Ohioans and non-Ohioans alike visit Lake Erie every year to fish, vacation, and enjoy the lake. What will happen with the Lake if Project Icebreaker becomes reality.

  • LEEDCo/Fred Olsen Renewables/Icebreaker Windpower, Inc. state that Project Icebreaker is a 6-turbine project. However, they also describe a vision of producing 5,000 megawatts of power using wind turbines on Lake Erie, which would require 1,400-1,500 wind turbines to produce. Project Icebreaker is a pilot project to test the feasibility of this vision. 

Don’t let this be another “Mistake on the Lake” moment for Ohio.

Demand for an Environmental Impact Statement by supporting our cause. You can sign the petition here.

Deceitful Public Communications

  • Project Icebreaker was started by LEEDCo, a non-profit based in Cleveland.

    LEEDCo signed an agreement to sell their “assets” to Fred Olsen Renewables, of Oslo Norway. This makes Fred Olsen Renewables the owner of Icebreaker Windpower, Inc.

    Icebreaker Windpower, Inc’s most valuable “asset” is a 50-year Submerged Land Lease with the State of Ohio, giving them the rights to the area where the turbines and power cables will be located in Lake Erie.

    This provides a foreign-entity with the rights to the land under Lake Erie

  • LEEDCo/Fred Olsen Renewables/Icebreaker Windpower, Inc. state that Project Icebreaker is a 6-turbine project. They also indicate a vision of producing 5,000 megawatts of power using wind turbines on Lake Erie, which would require 1,400-1,500 wind turbines to produce. The organization is not clearly communicating their plans for the future development of offshore wind power on Lake Erie.

Don’t let this be another “Mistake on the Lake” moment for Ohio.

Demand for an Environmental Impact Statement by supporting our cause. You can sign the petition here.

TOGETHER WE CAN SAVE LAKE ERIE.

Our mission is to ensure that our great natural resource (Lake Erie and the Great Lakes) is protected, properly managed, and supported by all residents, so that our communities can benefit from it now and into the future. Save Our Beautiful Lake and its supporters are pro-alternative and clean energy.

However, it is our belief that prior to launching a project of this magnitude, appropriate testing and assurances must be in place.

We urge Governor DeWine to request an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on this project.

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Why is an Environmental Impact Statement needed?

Project Icebreaker is the first freshwater (non-ocean or sea) offshore wind turbine project in the world. This project will set a precedent for how the Great Lakes and other freshwater sources can be utilized for wind power in the USA and world-wide. If a project of this magnitude and with this level of scrutiny is proposed, it is our right and responsibility to mandate that every necessary measure is taken to ensure the project’s feasibility, the safety for our environment, and the wellbeing of our wildlife and natural resources.

There are Environmental and Economic issues with Project Icebreaker.

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