Ohio board gives AMP-Ohio extra time to come up with new power plant option

The Ohio Power Siting Board on June 4 approved a request by American Municipal Power-Ohio Inc. to extend the expiration date on an approval for a power line that was to serve an abandoned coal-fired power project in Meigs County, Ohio.

In 2007, American Municipal Power-Ohio had applied for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct an electric transmission line and related facilities necessary to transmit the electricity generated by the 1,000-MW, coal-fired American Municipal Power Generating Station (AMP Generating Station) in Meigs County. The AMP Generating Station was approved by the board in 2008. But AMP-Ohio later terminated the project after its projected costs shot up. It has lately been keeping the plant site in waiting for other possible power projects, including a gas-fired one.

In November 2008, the board authorized the construction, operation, and maintenance of the transmission line. The board’s order provided that if AMP-Ohio has not commenced a continuous course of construction of the transmission line within five years of the issuance of the order, the certificate for the transmission line would become invalid. In 2013, AMP-Ohio asked for an extension, which was granted.

Said the June 4 board order: “Upon consideration of AMP-Ohio’s April 24, 2015 motion to extend the certificate issued in the Transmission Line Case, the Board finds that the motion is reasonable and should be granted. Accordingly, the certificate in this case should be extended to March 3, 2016.”

AMP-Ohio would have to come back to the board separately for any new power plant project it wants at the site.

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
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.