New 870 MW Gas-Fired Electric Plant in NW Ohio Begins Operation

Oregon Clean Energy Center

Ohio Gov. John Kasich officiated at a ceremony to launch a new Utica gas-fired electric generating plant in Oregon (Lucas County), near Toledo, yesterday. CME Energy’s Oregon Clean Energy Center plant will generate 870-megawatts of electricity, enough to power 700,000 homes. The plant cost $900 million to build and employed close to 1,000 people during construction (which began in Nov. 2014). Engineering firm Black & Veatch built the plant for CME. This is the first of 10 new Utica-fired projects either under construction or planned (see List of 10 Utica-Powered Electric Plant Projects Coming to Ohio). Gov. Kasich was jazzed about the new plant, calling it “the future” and “a big deal.” Indeed it is! The Oregon Clean Energy Center plant is “one of the most technologically advanced natural gas plants in the country.” Let’s pop a cork on the champagne bottle and join the celebration…

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