Carroll County Energy Plant Begins Operations

CARROLLTON, Ohio – Commercial sales for Carroll County Energy’s $899 million electrical generation plant have now begun, its parent company announced this morning.

Advanced Power said the natural gas-fueled generation plant produces enough electricity to power 750,000 homes and became operational in mid-December.

The plant employs 22 full-time and features two GE gas turbines and one steam turbine. Bechtel served as the general contractor on the project and Ethos Energy operates the facility. Advanced Power manages the business, and the project required more than 500 tradesmen during the construction phase.

The Carroll County plant is the first of five regional combined-cycle energy generation projects announced over the last four and a half years to come online. Advanced Power is also considering building a $1.1 billion electrical plant near Wellsville.

Simultaneously, work continues on Clean Energy Future LLC’s Lordstown Energy Center, a $900 million combined-cycle electrical plant that will serve the region. A second plant at the site was announced last year, but that project has hit a legal roadblock and has yet to obtain financing.

A fifth project – the Hickory Run Energy Center – is under development by Tyr Energy Inc. in nearby Lawrence County, Pa. That plant, when operational, should have the capacity to supply electricity to more than 1 million homes.

Advanced Power announced in July 2013 its plans to construct an $899 million, 700-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas electrical generation plant. Financing for the project closed in April 2015.

“In the four-plus years since we first announced plans to build this state-of-the art generation facility, Carroll County Energy has received outstanding support from the leadership and citizens of the Village of Carrollton, Washington Township, and Carroll County,” said Chuck Davis, president of Advanced Power Asset Management, in a statement. “We are particularly proud to have been able to help the local schools to benefit the people who live and work around the facility.”

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