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Ohio siting board approves large gas-fired plant in northwestern part of state

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Ohio siting board approves large gas-fired plant in northwestern part of state

The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved the construction of private developer Clean Energy Future's proposed 955-MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant in Lucas County in the northwestern part of the state.

In a Dec. 7 decision, the Ohio siting agency authorized Clean Energy Future-Oregon LLC, a subsidiary of Clean Energy Future, to build the Lucas Energy Station (Oregon Energy Center) project for about $1 billion, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence estimates, on a 30-acre parcel of land, adjacent to nearby 138-kV and 345-kV transmission lines. The project, identified in regulatory filings as the Oregon Energy Center, is owned jointly with CME Energy LLC. CME Energy was also involved in the development of another large gas-fired power plant in Lucas County, the 869-MW Oregon Clean Energy Project, which began commercial operation earlier this year.

Clean Energy Future filed a preapplication letter for the project with state regulators in March and anticipated in that filing for construction to begin in early 2018, with commercial operations in 2020. (Case No. 17-0530-EL-BGN)

At the same time, Clean Energy Future is building a similarly sized gas-fired plant, the 940-MW Trumbull Energy Center, in Trumbull County, on the eastern side of Ohio. The Ohio siting board approved construction of that project in October, and it too is expected to be in commercial operation in 2020.