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Environmental groups support Lake Erie turbine project

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CLEVELAND (AP) - A nonprofit company proposing wind turbines along Lake Erie has gained support from several environmental groups as it works to win critical state and federal permits.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that groups including the Ohio Environmental Council, the Sierra Club and the Earth Day Coalition are supporting the effort by the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.

The company proposes to raise six turbines off the Cleveland coast to test and pilot a fresh-water wind farm on Lake Erie. The so-called icebreaker project will require approvals from state and federal agencies.

The company recently began applying for the permits needed to compete with five other offshore wind projects for a $46.7 million investment from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Three winners are to be announced in May.

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