The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Sept. 23 approved Generation Pipeline LLC, which will operate the pipeline lateral to the 800-MW Oregon Clean Energy Center project, as a natural gas supplier in the state of Ohio.
On June 15, Generation Pipeline filed an application for authority to operate as an intrastate natural gas company in the state of Ohio and for approval of a proposed tariff. Generation Pipeline also requested that the commission consider the application on an expedited basis in order to enable the company to support the development of the Oregon Clean Energy Center (OCEC), which is an approximately 800-MW combined cycle power plant currently under construction in Oregon, Ohio, near Toledo.
Generation Pipeline is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of North Coast Gas Transmission LLC, which is an intrastate pipeline company subject to the commission’s jurisdiction. North Coast is currently developing the Oregon Lateral Pipeline in order to provide natural gas service to the OCEC, which is owned by Oregon Clean Energy LLC. Generation Pipeline was recently formed by North Coast to operate and take ownership of the Oregon Lateral Pipeline for the purpose of transporting and supplying natural gas to the OCEC.
Generation Pipeline said that, although the Oregon Lateral Pipeline is being constructed primarily to serve the OCEC, the company may also elect to serve additional direct connect mercantile customers along the pipeline’s route over time.