It has been a big week for new natural gas-fired power plants in Ohio. First, a previously announced $1.1 billion project in Columbiana County got approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board, and construction is scheduled to begin in January 2017.
Then a $900 million investment for another plant in Harrison County was announced.
First, from Dayton Business Journal:
Ohio regulators have approved a $1.1 billion natural-gas-fired power plant in eastern Ohio, a project that locals say will significantly boost the area.
The Ohio Power Siting Board gave the go-ahead to Boston-based Advanced Power Services on a 1,105-megawatt power plant in Columbiana County. It's enough to power about a million homes, the company said.
The county, one of the prime spots for oil and gas development related to Ohio’s Utica shale play, has $4.4 billion of tangible assets, County Commissioner Tim Weigle said in recent regulatory testimony on the plant, operated by subsidiary South Field Energy.
“So they’re willing to invest one quarter of our entire worth in Columbiana County. That is extreme,” he said in support of the plan.Then there is this report from WTOV 9 on the new plant being planned in Harrison County:
The Harrison County Community Improvement Corporation announced Thursday that a 1,000 megawatt natural gas-fired electrical power generation facility will be constructed in the Harrison County Industrial Park.
The facility will provide enough electricity to power a million homes and bring capital investment of more than $900 million to Harrison County, according to Raj Suri, CEO of EmberClear, the company that will build the facility.
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