(Fremont, OH) The AMP Fremont Energy Center (AFEC) has begun commercial operation and is now providing power to public power utilities in seven states. The 707 MW (fired) natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) facility is owned by American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) and will help meet the intermediate (5 x 16) power supply needs of 86 AMP members, including the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, which joined AMP last year, along with the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and the Michigan Public Power Agency.
AMP finalized purchase of the facility in July 2011 and oversaw completion of construction along with start-up and commissioning activities. AMP purchased the facility from FirstEnergy Generation Corp.
The facility will supply intermediate power to participating AMP members. Intermediate power is energy needed Monday – Friday during the 16 highest demand hours. As an intermediate power source, AFEC has a capacity of 544 MW. Additionally, the facility includes duct-firing that allows an additional 163 MW of generation to be available during peak demand periods.
“This facility will fill a void in our current power supply portfolio,” AMP President/CEO Marc Gerken said. “AMP members are currently on the market for approximately 96 percent of their intermediate power needs, and this will mitigate that market exposure. I want to take this time to commend the AMP team and all of our third-party team members on a very successful commissioning and startup. Operationally, we are in good shape with natural gas contracts lined up for 2012 and we are currently working on subsequent years. This project will substantially benefit our participating members.”
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