Ohio siting board approves 800-MW Lordstown plant, substation

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has authorized Clean Energy Future-Lordstown (CEF-L) to construct an 800-MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle generation facility in Lordstown, Ohio.

The Lordstown Energy Center will be located on a 17-acre parcel in the Lordstown Industrial Park east of State Route 45 and south of Henn Parkway. The power plant and associated transmission infrastructure will interconnect to the American Transmission Systems, Inc. (ATSI) bulk transmission system, the board said in a Sept. 17 news release.

ATSI is an affiliate of FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE).

The company plans to start construction later this year and begin commercial operation by May 2018. The project represents an estimated construction investment of more than $850m and will support an estimated 1,026 related jobs in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. The company has also said that the project should provide 25-to-30 permanent jobs.

In additional business, the OPSB authorized ATSI to construct the Lake Avenue Substation in Lorain County. The $30m project, to be located at the north end of Freedom Court in Elyria, Ohio, is needed to support electric service and reliability in the greater Elyria-Lorain area. ATSI plans to place the substation in service by December 2016.

GenerationHub has previously reported that the Lordstown project will also have the ability to generate additional output of 140 MW above the base case amount of 800 MW, with that extra 140 MW to be subject to a later proceeding. Said the Sept. 17 approval order on that point: “Finally, as acknowledged by CEFL, the Applicant is requesting authority to operate at a net generation capacity of 800 MW; however, the maximum designed net power capacity of the Lordstown Energy Center would be 940 MW. Therefore, should CEFL wish, at a future time, to operate at any generation capacity level above 800 MW, it will have to file an application with the Board for approval prior to increasing the capacity level.”

The power plant application before the siting board is OPSB Case No. 14-2322-EL-BGN. Clean Energy Future had filed its siting application with the OPSB in March.

The docket for the transmission infrastructure is Case No. 14-2162-EL-BSB. ATSI intends to construct a new 345 kV to 138 kV substation on Lake Avenue in Elyria to meet electric load requirements for the project area and provide adequate supply to meet planning requirements for the transmission system.

The Lordstown power project would include a generation facility, a five-breaker ring bus and an electric transmission line to connect the generation facility to the ring bus. The generation facility would consist of two combined-cycle, natural gas fired, high-efficiency combustion turbine generators (CTG) with a nominal output of approximately 285 MW and a maximum output of approximately 312 MW. Each CTG will be equipped with a cooling tower.

The generation facility will also include a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), a condensing steam turbine generator, two duct burners, and state-of-the-art environmental controls. It will utilize an auxiliary steam boiler for heating steam to accommodate a faster facility start-up and include three approximately 20- to 345-kV stepup transformers, one for each generator, and on-site gas compressors to prepare the natural gas for use at the facility.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.