American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) recognizes the important role of fossil fuel generation as a component of a balanced generation portfolio. Coal, natural gas and diesel generation are used to help reliably meet the power demand in member communities at predictable costs.
AMP Fremont Energy Center
The AMP Fremont Energy Center (AFEC) is a 675 MW natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) facility in Fremont, Ohio. As an intermediate power source, AFEC has a capacity of 512 MW (unfired) and includes duct-firing that allows an additional 163 MW of generation during peak demand periods. AFEC consists of two combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine and condenser.
AMP purchased the facility in July 2011 from FirstEnergy Generation Corp., a subsidiary of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE).
AMP owns 90.69 percent of AFEC on behalf of 86 participating AMP member utilities in seven states and 4.15 percent on behalf of the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative. The Michigan Public Power Agency owns the remaining 5.16 percent.
The plant reached full commercial operation in January 2012.
In addition to AFEC, which is considered an intermediate energy resource, AMP uses natural gas units as distributed generation to help meet the peaking and standby resource needs of participating member communities. Six combustion turbine units are owned by AMP, located in Bowling Green, Galion and Napoleon, Ohio. Each site has one 15.5 MW unit and one 32 MW unit, providing approximately 142.5 MW of distributed generation capacity. The rest of the gas-turbine generating units, totaling 75 MW of capacity, are owned by the Ohio Municipal Electric Generation Agency (OMEGA) Joint Venture 2, with sites in Bowling Green, Hamilton and St. Marys, Ohio.
AMP generation technicians perform operations and maintenance of all units, which are simple-cycle natural gas-fired turbines.
For emission control, AMP uses two types of state-of-the-art technology: water injection technology and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), both of which reduce nitrous oxide emissions.
The Prairie State Energy Campus is a two-unit, supercritical coal-fired power plant designed to have a net rated capacity of approximately 1,582 MW and associated facilities in southwest Illinois. AMP is the largest equity owner of the facility at 23.26 percent, which translates to 368 MW. The remainder of the ownership group is comprised of power entities with a similar mission to AMP. Sixty-eight AMP member communities participate in the project.
The plant reached full commercial operation in 2012. For more information on this project, visit the Prairie State website linked below.
Prairie State Energy Campus website
Smaller diesel units, owned by participating AMP member communities through the Ohio Municipal Electric Generation Agency (OMEGA) Joint Venture program, are used as distributed generation providing peaking power and mitigating the impact of higher power prices attributed to times of reported congestion. Diesel units also provide back-up to the Belleville Hydroelectric Plant. For more information on these projects, use the link below.
OMEGA Joint Ventures – JV2 and JV5