Tour of OH Gas-Fired Plant Illustrates Superiority Over Nuclear

Oregon Clean Energy Center

It’s been a year since CME Energy’s Oregon Clean Energy Center, a Utica-fired electric plant, went online in Oregon (Lucas County, near Toledo), OH (see New 870 MW Gas-Fired Electric Plant in NW Ohio Begins Operation). The plant was originally planned to generate 870 megawatts of electricity but actually generates 960 megawatts during peak times. Recently representatives of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association took a tour of the plant–and they “liked what they saw.” What did they see? They saw a new, ultra-modern, clean-burning plant producing 960 megawatts with only 21 employees, vs. the nearby Davis-Besse nuclear plant that produces 908 megawatts using 700 employees. Oregon Clean Energy produces electricity far cheaper than Davis-Besse. Here’s what we like, a little fact that came out during the tour: During a recent 24-hour period Oregon Clean Energy purchased and used $350,000 worth of Utica Shale gas to produce those 960 megawatts. We suspect more days than not that’s how much gas the plant is using–over $300,000 worth a day. See why we’re so jazzed about gas-fired electric plants?…

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