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Ohio regulators approve construction of 2 combined-cycle gas plants

The Ohio Power Siting Board on Oct. 5 approved construction of the combined-cycle, 1,100-MW Guernsey Power Station and the 940-MW Trumbull Energy Center.

Boston-headquartered independent power developer Clean Energy Future announced plans in January to build the Trumbull Energy Center adjacent to the Lordstown Generating Station in Trumbull County, Ohio. In a separate request, the Lordstown facility on Oct. 5 received approval to increase its capacity to 940 MW from 800 MW, the Ohio Power Siting Board said in a news release.

The Trumbull Energy Center will be supplied by a Dominion East Ohio natural gas pipeline and will interconnect to a 345-kV transmission line owned by American Transmission Systems Inc., the siting board said in the news release. Clean Energy Future - Trumbull LLC is expected to begin construction on the plant in November, with commercial operation set for June 2020.

In addition, the siting board approved construction of the Guernsey Power Station, which would be in Valley Township in southern Guernsey County. Apex Power Group announced plans in April 2016 to build the plant.

Guernsey Power Station plans to build a natural gas pipeline that would connect to the Tallgrass Energy Partners LP Rockies Express Pipeline to supply the facility, the news release stated. The power plant will interconnect to a 765-kV transmission line owned by American Electric Power Co. Inc.

Guernsey Power Station plans to begin construction in December with commercial operation set for Oct. 31, 2020.