Oregon Clean Energy seeks amendment for uprated Ohio project

The Ohio Power Siting Board at its Oct. 27 meeting will consider whether to grant a fairly small amendment to Ohio Clean Energy Center LLC to a 2013 board approval for a 960-MW, gas-fired project to be built in a Toledo suburb.

“This Application for an Amendment was filed in order to secure authority for a new location for the substation that had been approved in the prior case and for the area to be used for trailer parking which has been leased by our contractor, Black and Veach,” said company official William Martin in Oct. 2 supporting testimony. “The Amendment also requests approval of technical and conforming changes related to the amendment of the Company’s air permit and of revised noise studies related to changes in the project layout. As set forth in the original Application and approved by the Board, once the Company has completed construction, the Company would transfer the substation and the substation site to American Transmission Systems, Inc.

Martin in 2011 formed a joint venture, North America Project Development LLCwith Bill Siderewicz to develop combined cycle generating plants, largely in the Northeast U.S. NAPD is the sole owner of Oregon Clean Energy.

The company will construct, own, and operate the Oregon Clean Energy Center, a new natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility located in Lucas County, Ohio. When the two Siemens gas turbines are fired at their maximum capability and along with a heat recovery boiler and steam turbine supplemented by auxiliary firing, the nominal plant output maximum will be 960 MW. The board in 2013 approved 799 MW and Oregon Clean Energy will apply for board approval of the additional 161 MW once the System Impact Study from PJM Interconnection is received, Martin noted.

The project site is in the City of Oregon within a mixed industrial, commercial, and agricultural area and is commercially/industrially zoned within the Cedar Point Development Park, a designated Foreign Trade Zone.

The natural gas for the plant will be supplied by North Coast Gas Transmission. An approximately 300-foot transmission interconnection corridor will extend onto the adjacent parcel, controlled by Oregon Clean Energy, to reach the existing FirstEnergy 345-kV transmission lines.

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