In another move forward for the gas-fired Oregon Clean Energy Center LLC project, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on June 18 issued the project’s final air permit-to-install.
The permit covers an 800-MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) facility located in Oregon, a suburb of Toledo. The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) on May 1 also authorized Oregon Clean Energy to construct this plant under a site certificate
“Today’s approval of the Oregon Clean Energy Center will add much-needed generating capacity to northern Ohio,” board Chairman Todd Snitchler said in a May 1 statement. “The facility will take advantage of cleaner-burning natural gas, at today’s affordable prices, further enhancing Ohio’s diversified energy portfolio.”
The Oregon Clean Energy Center will utilize advanced gas turbine and combined-cycle technology to generate electricity. Oregon Clean Energy plans to begin construction in June and place the completed facility online in May 2016, the board noted.
Oregon Clean Energy’s application stated that during construction of the $860m project, an estimated 532 construction industry jobs will be created. During operation, the facility will employ 25 full-time workers.
Oregon Clean Energy Center is owned by North America Project Development LLC and is funded by Energy Investors Funds. The principals of NAPD are William Siderewicz and William Martin, each of whom has over 33 years of experience in the development of privately-owned/operated power projects, both in the U.S. and in the international marketplace.