American Municipal Power seeks change for big power project site in Ohio

American Municipal Power applied April 24 at the Ohio Power Siting Board to line up the deadlines for a big power project, which has been approved by the board, and a power line that would serve that project that has also been approved by the board.

In November 2008, the board issued a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need to AMP for the construction, operation and maintenance of an approximately 5-mile long, double-circuit, 345-kV transmission line in southern Meigs County, which is needed to transmit the electricity generated by the proposed American Municipal Power Generating Station (AMPGS). In September 2013, the board granted an 18-month extension of the Transmission Certificate to May 24, 2015 in order to facilitate further consideration of conversion of the AMPGS to a different technology at the Meigs County site.

In March 2008, the board issued a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the AMPGS generation project. For the samereasons supporting the extension of the Transmission Certificate – to facilitate AMP’s continued consideration of generation options at the site – in August 2014 the board extended the Generation Certificate authority until March 3, 2016.

“Pursuant to the Order issued on November 24, 2008, AMP respectfully requests that the Board issue an Order aligning the Transmission Certificate authority with the Generation Certificate authority, until March 3, 2016,” said the April 24 application.

The members of AMP are all municipalities that own and operate electric utility systems, some of which also operate electric generating and transmission facilities. AMP is a full or partial requirements supplier for most of its 132 members. 

AMP’s initial applications for Certificates of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need were for the construction of a 960-MW, coal-fired facility consisting of two 480-MW units and an approximately five-mile long, 345 kV transmission line and related facilities in Meigs County. However, AMP experienced delays in the development of the AMPGS project as a result of an unexpected increase of approximately 37% in the engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contractor’s indicative capital costs for the AMPGS project, among other reasons. So in November 2012, AMP requested an 18-month extension of the Generation Certificate for good cause.

AMP said that it has projected that its members can potentially utilize additional PJM Interconnection-located capacity of approximately 1,200 MW, as well as potentially up to 1,000 MW of peaking energy to be delivered into PJM. “Accordingly, notwithstanding the unexpected capital cost increase projection, AMP has, in good faith and with due diligence, actively maintained and prudently pursued continuous development of potential electric generation at the Meigs County site. Because the Transmission Project is dependent on electric generation at the site, AMP’s efforts to pursue continuous development of potential generation at the site advances the continuous development of the Transmission Project as well.”

AMP noted that in July 2013, it issued a Request of Interest (ROI) for peaking capacity and/or energy supply proposals from selected companies in order to allow AMP the opportunity to review options that may be able to address all or a portion of AMP’s potential future peaking capacity and/or energy needs. In the ROI, AMP specifically said that it is interested in evaluating various options to fill the capacity and energy needs, including potentially an AMP self-build option.

“It is important to note that the need for the Transmission Project is unaffected by the fuel source of potential electric generation at the Meigs County site,” wrote AMP. AMP has indicated that it has been looking at gas-fired and solar project developments at this site.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.