The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) "began applying for critical permits two weeks ago" for the Icebreaker project, which would be the first wind farm on the Great Lakes, The Plain Dealer reports. Among the documents in these application packages are letters of support from major environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Environment Ohio, Mom's Clean Air Force, Ohio Interfaith Power & Light and the Earth Day Coalition. LEEDCo secured about $4 million in federal funds "to design and engineer the wind farm" and will find out in May whether it will receive a $46.7 million investment from the U.S. Department of Energy. Birding enthusiasts, who recently helped stop a planned turbine project in northwest Ohio, are pushing for deeper studies into the effects of wind turbines on birds, the article said (See our Feb 3, 2014, blog post – "Commercial-scale wind turbine planned for Ottawa County canceled due to concerns it would harm migratory birds"). For more, read the full story.