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Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:00 am

Ohio turbines on hold after conditions added

Associated Press

CLEVELAND – Developers of a proposed six-turbine wind farm in Lake Erie said new restrictions placed on the project could sink it.

The Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday gave the approval needed to begin construction on what would be the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America.

But the state board also added several conditions, including one that would prevent the six turbines from operating at night during most of the year to limit the impact on birds and bats.

The board said the developers also needed to complete radar studies and create a bird and bat impact mitigation and monitoring plan.

Once in place, it could be possible for the turbines to operate at night, the board said.

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