An offshore wind energy project proposed for installation eight miles off the coast of downtown Cleveland (USA) has moved forward due to a required construction permit approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The approval came after more than two years of review by the Army Corps of the Icebreaker Wind project.
Issuance of the permit follows last year’s Ohio EPA decision to grant Icebreaker its approval under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, confirming that Icebreaker complies with federal standards relating to water pollution. Icebreaker Wind has already earned approvals and/or permits from more than a dozen local, state and federal agencies responsible for protecting the environment. LEEDCo is continuing to work toward gaining the remaining State approval needed. Icebreaker would be the first fresh water wind energy installation in North America. Construction could start by 2021.