Joint Ventures

Through American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP), member communities can obtain access to innovative arrangements that help them accomplish their long-range objectives: providing affordable, reliable electricity to local electric consumers.

In the four existing Ohio Municipal Electric Generation Agency (OMEGA) joint ventures and the Municipal Energy Services Agency (MESA) joint venture, project participants have used state authority that permits joint ventures of two or more municipalities. The concept has proven effective in developing power supply projects that allow member communities to issue municipal bonds and share ownership.

OMEGA JV2 and JV5 involve distributed generation, which is production of electricity from diesel and natural gas units, sited closer to actual load. It is a key factor in providing a low-cost, reliable power supply for member communities. Distributed generation reduces the need for member communities to rely on short-term market power, particularly when fluctuations in price and availability occur.

For more information on AMP joint ventures, please contact Scott Kiesewetter, senior vice president generation operations, at 614.540.1111 or skiesewetter@amppartners.org.

Learn More About Specific Projects

Omega JV2

Formed in 2000, this joint venture project owns three gas turbine peaking generation units and 34 diesel units. The project has a subscribed capacity of 134.096 megawatts (MW). The 34 diesel units were upgraded in 2015 with diesel oxidation catalysts. AMP can operate the diesel units remotely from its Energy Control Center for peak shaving. 

AMP manages the project on behalf of 36 participating member communities: Amherst, Arcanum, Bowling Green, Bradner, Brewster, Custar, Cuyahoga Falls, Dover, Edgerton, Elmore, Galion, Genoa, Grafton, Hamilton, Haskins, Jackson Center, Lodi, Lucas, Milan, Monroeville, Montpelier, Napoleon, Niles, Oak Harbor, Oberlin, Painesville, Pemberville, Pioneer, Seville, Shelby, South Vienna, St. Marys, Versailles, Wadsworth, Woodville and Yellow Springs.

Omega JV4

Formed in 1995, this joint venture was formed to oversee construction and operation of the 69-kilovolt (kV) R. Bruce Kidston Transmission Line, which serves as a secondary delivery point for participating Williams County municipal electric systems and also serves the municipal system of Holiday City.

Participants: Bryan, Edgerton, Montpelier and Pioneer.

Omega JV5

Formed in 1993, OMEGA JV5 is a cooperative project composed of 42 AMP member communities. In addition to the 42-megawatt (MW) Belleville Hydroelectric Plant (which began commercial operation in 1999), the joint venture also consists of approximately 26.5 miles of 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission facilities. In 2018, 15 1.8-MW diesel reciprocating generation units (previously owned by the project and restricted to emergency use only since 2016) were sold, as approved by the participants. AMP developed and operates the projects on behalf of OMEGA JV5 participants.

Participants (in order of ownership percentage): Cuyahoga Falls, Bowling Green, Niles, Napoleon, Jackson, Hudson, Wadsworth, Oberlin, New Bremen, Bryan, Hubbard, Montpelier, Minster, Columbiana, Wellington, Versailles, Monroeville, Oak Harbor, Lodi, Pemberville, Edgerton, Arcanum, Seville, Brewster, Pioneer, Genoa, Jackson Center, Grafton, Elmore, Woodville, Milan, Bradner, Beach City, Prospect, Haskins, Lucas, Arcadia, South Vienna, Waynesfield, Eldorado, Republic and Custar.

Omega JV6

Formed in 2003, this cooperative project operates Ohio’s first utility-scale wind farm - the American Municipal Power Wind Farm - adjacent to the Wood County Landfill near Bowling Green, Ohio. Ten AMP member communities receive energy generated from the 7.2-megawatt (MW) capacity installation, which is composed of four 1.8-MW wind turbines. The turbines rest atop 257-foot towers and have blades that extend 132 feet from the turbine casing. Each unit measures nearly 400 feet tall when the blades rotate to their highest point. Thanks for sound financial management, the project was paid off four years early. The participating communities have full ownership with no debt. 

Participants: Bowling Green, Cuyahoga Falls, Edgerton, Elmore, Monroeville, Montpelier, Napoleon, Oberlin, Pioneer, and Wadsworth.