AMP drops completely its approvals for 960-MW project in Ohio

American Municipal Power told the Ohio Power Siting Board in a brief Feb. 15 notice that it is dropping longstanding approvals from the board for a 960-MW plant that was to be fired originally by coal, and a companion transmission line.

Said the notice: “The Ohio Power Siting Board (‘Board’) issued Certificates of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need to American Municipal Power, Inc. (‘AMP’) for the proposed electric generation station and associated transmission interconnection line in Meigs County in the above referenced dockets. Each of the Certificates expires on March 3, 2016. The purpose of this letter is to inform the Board that AMP has determined that it will not seek to further extend the authority granted in the Certificates.”

The board in June 2015 had approved a request by American Municipal Power-Ohio Inc. to extend the expiration date on an approval for the power line. In 2007, American Municipal Power-Ohio had applied for a certificate to construct an electric transmission line and related facilities necessary to transmit the electricity generated by the coal-fired American Municipal Power Generating Station in Meigs County. The station and the power line weere approved by the board in 2008. But AMP-Ohio later terminated the project after its projected costs shot up. It had lately been keeping the plant site in waiting for other possible power projects, including a gas-fired one.

Said the June 2015 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.”

The board in August 2014 had extended the approval for the power plant by 18 months, with that extension also to expire on March 3 of this year.

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