Member Spotlight Archive

Elmore, Ohio

Time well spent since 1851
Published October 2013

The Village of Elmore is a family-friendly community that has maintained its small-town atmosphere, while still being able to take advantage of its proximity to larger cities.

What is now Elmore used to be in the middle of Northwest Ohio’s Great Black Swamp. The village’s position on the Portage River later made it a more desirable location and the Toledo, Norwalk & Cleveland Railroad Co. Line played a major role in the growth of the village. The swamp has long been drained and is now home to productive farm lands.

Proud past, promising future
Elmore has an active historical society, whose goal is to preserve the history of Northwest Ohio and increase awareness of the importance of historical sites and buildings in the area.

Elmore’s outstanding public schools add to the family focus of the village.The Woodmore School System (a combination of both Elmore and Woodville residents) has been rated “excellent” by the state of Ohio for years.

The village is home to many annual events and traditions, including an American Legion Parade and barbecue in May, a Portage River Festival in June, Grub & Suds event in September, Tombstone Derby in October, a Log Cabin visit from Santa Claus in December, and weekly Texas Hold ‘Em games throughout the winter months.

Elmore is very supportive of its local businesses. From retail and restaurants, to services and nature areas, the village offers a range of commerce opportunities. Having been in business for more than a century, Tank’s Meats is an award-winning meat market and local institution for Elmore residents.

Efficient energy use
The Elmore Board of Public Affairs was established in 1911. Electric is provided to residents by Elmore Municipal Electric. With a population of less than 1,500, the village serves over 900 customers via more than 14 miles of line.

With the assistance of AMP’s Efficiency Smart program, Elmore was able to complete an LED street lighting project, which is estimated to save the village $6,900 each year on power use.

The village received a grant from the Department of Energy for the project and also received a $7,200 rebate through Efficiency Smart.

As a member of AMP, Elmore participates in a number of AMP programs and projects that assist in providing reliable energy and other benefits to the community and its citizen-owners. These include:

  • AMP Combustion Turbine, six gas turbine distributed generation units located at three sites around Ohio that supply peaking power
  • AMP Fremont Energy Center, a natural gas combined cycle facility that supplies intermediate and peaking power
  • Efficiency Smart, a comprehensive energy-efficiency program administered for AMP by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Landfill Gas Energy, a mixture of gases produced by decomposing garbage and collected by a series of pipes for use in diesel generator units (landfill gas-to-energy sites directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Municipal Energy Services Agency (MESA), providing member communities a source of technical assistance including planning, design and engineering, field services and training assistance
  • Mutual Aid, a network of municipal electric systems that assist each other when utility emergencies occur that are too widespread to be handled by one system alone
  • Natural Gas Aggregation, through its wholly owned subsidiary, AMPO, Inc., AMP provides natural gas aggregation services, which allow a group of consumers to combine their utility usage to form a buying group
  • New York Power Authority (NYPA), providing hydroelectricity generated by the Niagara and St. Lawrence rivers
  • Northwest AMP Service Group (NWASG)
  • OMEGA JV2, a joint venture that owns three gas turbine distributed generation units and 35 diesel units with a total capacity of 138.65 MW at sites across Ohio
  • OMEGA JV5, a joint venture that operates a 42-MW hydroelectric plant on the Ohio River and has back-up generation sources located throughout Ohio
  • OMEGA JV 6, a joint venture that operates a four-turbine wind farm near Bowling Green, Ohio that generates 7.2 MW of power
  • OSHA compliance, a contractual-based program that expands on the general safety program
  • Phase 1 Hydro, which includes the run-of-the-river generating facilities currently under construction at the Cannelton, Smithland and Willow Island dams on the Ohio River
  • The Prairie State Energy Campus, in southern Illinois, a 1,600-MW state-of-the-art supercritical mine-mouth plant and adjacent coal mine

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