Will Icebreaker be epicenter of North American wind industry or bird killer?

Supporters and opponents of the Lake Erie Icebreaker Wind project voiced their opinions at a recent hearing before two administrative law judges, Cleveland.com reports. Of the approximately 150 people in attendance, supporters “comprised the clear majority,” according to the article. Dennis Meaney, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 38 business manager, said, “Icebreaker can help make Northeast Ohio the epicenter of the wind industry in North America.” Additionally, “[n]early a dozen business representatives spoke in support of the economic benefits” of the project, which could “create more than 500 jobs, add $168 million to the region’s economy, and cheap green electricity for decades.” Leading the argument against Icebreaker was Kimberly Kaufman, executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, the group that “successfully blocked the construction” of Camp Perry’s proposed wind turbine (see our July 17, 2017 blog post). For more, read the full article.

Renewable Energy, Wind