Perhaps 29 New Natural Gas Fueled Electric Power Plants in PA, OH, & WV

by admin on October 14, 2018

New 940MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant now operating at Lordstown, OH

New Power Plants Represent an Investment of $25B in Tri-State Region

From the Editor, Business Journal (Youngstown, OH), October 10, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A new report shows that natural gas-powered energy plants either in operation or in various stages of development have attracted more than $25 billion worth of new investment to the Appalachian Basin.

The report comes on the heels of an announcement Tuesday that the Lordstown Energy Center, a $1 billion, 940-megawatt combined cycle-energy plant, is now operational and producing electrical power.

Some 29 new power plants, each with a capacity of 475-megawatts or greater, are in operation, under construction, or in the various stages of the permitting process in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

When operating at full capacity, the 29 plants would generate a combined 26,086 megawatts of power. Total construction jobs would amount to 17,800, the industry group reports. DOWNLOAD CHART

Ten plants are either in operation or slated for Ohio, 16 are in operation or in various stages of development in Pennsylvania, and three are in the works in West Virginia, the advocacy group reports.

Among the plants under construction in Pennsylvania is the Hickory Run Energy Center in Lawrence County, Pa., which represents an $863 million investment.

In addition to the Lordstown plant, in Ohio the $889 million Carroll County Energy plant is operating, the South Field Energy plant in Columbiana County, a $1.3 billion investment, is scheduled to begin construction soon. And permits have been issued for the Trumbull Energy Center, also in Lordstown, a $865 million project that remains in limbo pending resolution of a legal dispute.

The plants are being constructed using local labor. Don Crane, former president of the Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council, described the labor agreement that employed the workers who built the Lordstown Energy Center as “the best labor agreement that anyone has ever seen on either side of the table in the oil and gas industry. It will be a model going forward that gets used often.”

Moreover, many of the new power plants are being built on the sites of previous power plants or other industrial facilities.

These natural gas-fired power plant investments are increasingly important given the recent announcements of several coal and nuclear facilities that will be closing in the region over the next few years. Coal currently represents 45% of Ohio’s electric mix and 93% of West Virginia’s, while nuclear energy is the leading fuel for electricity generation in Pennsylvania at 39%.

In Pennsylvania, the 16 plants will add another 15,000 megawatts of new electrical capacity to the power grid and generate an estimated investment of $14 billion. The investment has also led to the creation of more than 8,000 construction jobs.

Ohio’s 10 new plants represent more than 9,000 megawatts of power and an estimated $9 billion worth of investment, the report found. The projects have the prospect of creating about 7,200 jobs during the construction phase.

Pictured at top: Aerial view of the Lordstown Energy Plant.


“Jobs Alliance,” Funded by Trump Backer, Tries to Block Gas Plants That Would Bring Jobs to West Virginia

Article by Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail, September 28, 2018

Murray Energy, one of the nation’s largest coal producers, is paying for lawyers trying to block the natural gas plants in West Virginia.

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Andrea Marks November 5, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Unraveling Trump’s Toxic Agenda, Rolling Stone Magazine, October 19, 2018

The administration is on an insane fossil-fuel bender — hastening catastrophic climate change and gambling with our health … see the comprehensive article.

Article by Phoebe Neidl & Andrea Marks


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