Ohio board plans hearings this summer on Clean Energy Future-Lordstown project

The Ohio Power Siting Board plans a July 28 local hearing and an Aug. 11 adjudicatory hearing over a March 23 application by Clean Energy Future-Lordstown LLC (CEFL) filed an application for approval of a gas-fired power project in Trumbull County, Ohio.

CEFL proposed an 800-MW facility consisting of two combined-cycle, natural gas-fired combustion turbines with two heat recovery steam generators, a steam turbine, a cooling tower, and state-of-the-art environmental controls. The proposed facility will be located on approximately 40 acres in the Village of Lordstown in Trumbull County.

By letter filed on May 12, the board notified CEFL that its application was sufficiently complete to permit staff to commence its review and investigation of the application. Further, the letter directed the applicant to serve appropriate government officials and public agencies with copies of the application.

A board administrative law judge, in a May 26 order, set a local public hearing for July 28 at the Village of Lordstown Administration Center Community Room. The adjudicatory hearing will commence on Aug. 11 at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s offices in Columbus. The board is an adjunct of the PUCO.

The Lordstown facility is identified in its PJM Interconnection application as a nominal 800-MW (net) capacity and energy facility. Because the maximum net power output of the facility has the potential to reach 940 MW, CEFL said in the application that it is working on a new PJM application requesting an increase in MW sales from 800 MW to 940 MW.

Because a final combustion turbine vendor has not yet been selected, both Siemens and General Electric technology were evaluated for this application. The facility (with the exception of limited-use ancillary equipment) is designed to operate solely on natural gas and will not be capable of operating on fuel oil. CEFL has determined that, due to the abundant, local, low-cost natural gas in proximity to the facility, including Utica shale gas, a back-up fuel such as fuel oil is not required.

The president of the company is William Siderewicz P.E., who can be contacted at: Clean Energy Future-Lordstown LLC, 24 Proctor Street, Manchester, MA 01944, Telephone (617) 501-7094, bills@perpower.com.

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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.