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Lake Erie Wind Farm Developers to Take Case to Columbus

Developers planning a power-generating wind farm in Lake Erie are preparing to take their case to Columbus later this month.

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation-or LEEDCo—wants to erect six wind turbines in the lake, ten miles offshore. The turbines would generate enough electricity to power 7,000 homes.   

But staff at the Ohio Power Siting Board wants strict regulations on the turbines to protect wildlife, including bats and birds. LEEDCo Vice President Dave Karpinski says their requirements would sink the project financially. The two sides negotiated unsuccessfully this summer. 

“The fact that we couldn’t come to an agreement after discussing it was disappointing,” Karpinski said. “But we think we have a really good case and we’re prepared to make our arguments at the OPSB proceedings and let the board make the final determination.”

A hearing is set for September 24 in Columbus. Karpinski says it could be January before a final decision is made.

A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.