DOE is proposing to provide funding to Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) to construct and operate a 20.7 MW offshore wind project (Project Icebreaker), approximately 8 miles offshore of Cleveland, Ohio in Lake Erie.
October 2018 – Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a final Environmental Assessment (EA) for Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation's Project Icebreaker, an Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Project, Offshore Cleveland, Ohio, in Lake Erie (DOE/EA-2045). The final EA identifies and analyzes the potential impacts to the human environment that may occur if DOE authorizes the expenditure of federal funding in support of Project Icebreaker. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard were cooperating agencies in the preparation of the final EA.
DOE has also issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed action. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared.
May 2018 - DOE is currently conducting required consultations and reviewing agency and public comments received on the draft EA. DOE anticipates publishing the final EA in the summer of 2018 after all consultations are complete.
August 2017 - DOE, as lead Federal agency, with input from the of the USACE and the USCG as cooperating Federal agencies, has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment, pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to analyze and describe the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed action of providing funding to Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) to support the development, including design, construction, and commissioning of a wind energy demonstration project called Project Icebreaker. The public comment period on the draft EA ended October 10, 2017. See the draft EA here.
Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy’s Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects.
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