Ohio board approves gas-fired power plant in Lordstown

Akron Beacon Journal

Bob Downing

September 21, 2015


From the Ohio Power Siting Board on Sept. 17:

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Sept. 17, 2015) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today authorized Clean Energy Future-Lordstown (CEF-L) to construct an 800-megawatt 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 facility and associated transmission infrastructure will interconnect to the American Transmission Systems, Inc. (ATSI) bulk transmission system.

CEF-L plans to commence construction later this year and begin commercial operation by May 2018. According to CEF-L, the project represents an estimated construction investment of more than $850 million and will support an estimated 1,026 related jobs in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

In additional business, the OPSB authorized ATSI to construct the Lake Avenue Substation in Lorain County. The $30 million 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.

Additional information is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.