Hydroelectric Power

American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) has developed multiple hydroelectric projects in the region, representing the largest deployment of clean, renewable run-of-the-river hydroelectric generation in the country.

Leading the Way in Hydroelectric Power

Hydroelectric power is the most prevalent form of renewable energy used to generate electricity today. Hydroelectric generation is far more dependable than other forms of renewable generation.

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The Belleville Hydroelectric Facility

AMP developed and manages a 42 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric generation facility on behalf of 42 member communities participating in Ohio Municipal Electric Generation Agency Joint Venture 5. The Belleville Hydroelectric Facility is located on the Ohio River at the Belleville (W.Va.) Locks and Dam and went online in April 1999.

Member-operated Hydroelectric

Eight AMP member communities operate locally-owned hydroelectric facilities. These include the cities of Bryan and Hamilton in Ohio, Bedford, Danville and Martinsville in Virginia, Union City in Michigan and New Martinsville in West Virginia.

These facilities have a combined capacity of more than 132 MW.

A new generation of hydroelectric facilities

AMP has developed three of five new hydroelectric projects adding more than 300 MW of new, renewable generation to the region. These run-of-the-river hydroelectric facilities are installed on existing dams on the Ohio River.

Currently, 79 communities from the states of Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia are participating in the hydroelectric projects. Other communities may have the opportunity to participate as additional capacity is added.

A contract exceeding $300 million was signed with York, Penn.-based Voith Hydro to manufacture turbines and generators for the first four of these projects, at the Smithland, Cannelton, Meldahl and Willow Island Locks and Dams.

AMP owns the Meldahl project, through a separate wholly owned limited liability company. AMP is developing the project with the member community of Hamilton, Ohio, which originally procured the development license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hamilton retains the rights for a 51 percent share of the energy output from the facility, with AMP taking the remaining output for the 48 other AMP members participating in the project.

Additionally, AMP and its member community of Wadsworth, Ohio, are pursuing the FERC development license and Army Corps of Engineers and state agency permitting for a project at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam in Gallia County, Ohio, on the Ohio River.

For more information regarding hydroelectric power projects, please contact Phil Meier, vice president of hydroelectric development and operations, at 614.540.1111 or pmeier@amppartners.org.

Hydroelectric Projects

Phase 1 Hydroelectric Project

The Phase 1 hydroelectric projects include the run-of-the-river generating facilities at the Cannelton, Smithland and Willow Island dams on the Ohio River. Seventy-nine AMP member communities are participating in the projects.

Cannelton
The Cannelton Project diverts water from the existing Corps Cannelton Locks and Dam through bulb turbines and is anticipated to generate an average gross annual output of approximately 458 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). The site includes an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse contains three horizontal 29.3-MW bulb-type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 88 MW at a gross head of 25 feet. A 1,000-ft-long 138-kV transmission line interconnection connects the facility to MISO.

Smithland
The Smithland Project will divert water from the existing Corps Smithland Locks and Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average gross annual output of approximately 379 million kWh. The site will include an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse will house three horizontal 25.3-MW bulb-type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 76 MW at a gross head of 22 feet. A 2-mile-long 161-kV transmission line interconnection is planned to connect to MISO.

Willow Island
The Willow Island Project diverts water from the existing Corps Willow Island Locks and Dam through bulb turbines and is anticipated to generate an average annual gross output of approximately 239 million kWh. The site includes an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse houses two horizontal 22-MW bulb-type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 44 MW at a gross head of 20 feet. A 1.6-mile-long 138-kV transmission line interconnection connects the facility to PJM.

Meldahl/Greenup Hydroelectric Project

The Meldahl/Greenup projects include the 105 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating facility at the Captain Anthony Meldahl Dam on the Ohio River and the run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating facility at the Greenup Dam, also on the Ohio River. Forty-eight AMP member communities participate in this project. AMP owns the Meldahl project through a separate wholly owned Limited Liability Company and developed the project with the member community of Hamilton, Ohio, which originally procured the development license from FERC. Hamilton retains the rights for a 51.4 percent share of the energy output from the facility, with AMP taking the remaining output for the 47 other AMP members participating in the project.

Meldahl
The Meldahl Project diverts water from the existing Corps Meldahl Locks and Dam through bulb turbines anticipated to generate an average gross annual output of approximately 558 million kWh. The site includes an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse, and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse contains three horizontal 35-MW bulb-type turbine and generating units with a rated capacity of 105 MW at a gross head of 30 feet.