Developer clears preliminary hurdle for 800-MW Ohio gas project

An administrative jaw judge at the Ohio Power Siting Board on Jan. 23 approved certain application waivers for Clean Energy Future-Lordstown LLC, clearing the way for the company to file its full site permit application for an 800-MW, gas-fired project.

On Dec. 24, Clean Energy Future-Lordstown (CEF) filed a pre-application notice with the board and a motion for waiver of specific provisions of Ohio code. Waivers are often asked for and routinely granted in such cases. CEF describes the proposed generation facility as consisting of two combined-cycle, natural gas fired, high efficiency combustion turbines with two heat recovery steam generators and a steam turbine. The proposed facility will also have a cooling tower and state of the art environmental controls, with a nominal net output of 800 MW. The proposed generation facility will be located in Trumbull County, Ohio.

The Jan. 23 ruling noted: “In granting CEF’s motion for waivers, the ALJ emphasizes that the Applicant is not relieved of its responsibility to provide Staff with information in the areas subject to the waivers, if, in the determination of Staff, the information becomes necessary during the course of its investigation of the application for completeness or through discovery in this proceeding.”

Said the Dec. 24 waiver application from CEF: “The plant will be served by natural gas from one or multiple pipelines. The generating station will be interconnected to the proximate 345 kV transmission corridor (Highland-Mansfield; and Highland-Sammis circuits), about 0.5-mile from the generating facility. Water and wastewater services will be supplied by the City of Warren and the Meander Water District, via the Village of Lordstown. Construction of the project is estimated to begin in fall 2015, with projected commercial operation to begin in mid-2018.”

An April presentation the company gave to local zoning officials said that Bill Siderewicz is the president of parent company Clean Energy Future LLC. He has 34 years of experience in developing and building non-utility/U.S. electricity projects.

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