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U.S. Department of Energy Awards AMP $8 Million in Incentive Funds for Four Hydroelectric Facilities on the Ohio River

Published on: 10/27/2023

COLUMBUS, OH: American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) was named a recipient of an $8 million Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in connection with electricity generated at four hydroelectric facilities on the Ohio River.

The hydroelectric plants, located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Cannelton, Meldahl, Smithland and Willow Island locks and dams on the Ohio River are among 66 facilities from across the country selected to receive a total of $38 million in Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program funds in connection with electricity generated at the facilities in 2021 and 2022.

The Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program provides funding for hydroelectricity generated by qualified hydroelectric facilities placed in service since Oct. 1, 2005. The Cannelton, Meldahl, Smithland and Willow Island plants, as facilities which became operational in 2016 and 2017 located at dams existing prior to Nov. 15, 2021, are qualified facilities. The four plants represent one of the largest deployments of run-of-the river hydroelectric generation in the country.

Funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered by the DOE’s Grid Deployment Office, the Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program aims to support the continued operation of the hydropower fleet in the United States, maintain and invest in critical generation facilities and ensure a reliable and resilient electric grid.

“AMP Members who participate in these clean hydropower projects made long-term investments designed to help meet their local power needs for decades,” said Jolene Thompson, AMP President/CEO. “The AMP and City of Hamilton teams who operate the facilities do an excellent job and we’re pleased their efforts contributed to AMP being named a recipient of the Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program award. We thank the Administration and members of Congress who made this funding possible.”

AMP developed and constructed the Cannelton, Smithland and Willow Island plants from 2007 to 2017. In the same time period, AMP, together with the City of Hamilton, an AMP Member, developed and constructed the Meldahl Hydroelectric Plant, which is now operated by the City of Hamilton. AMP and its Members hold interests in two additional hydroelectric plants, the Greenup Hydroelectric Plant and the Belleville Hydroelectric Plant, which were ineligible for Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program funds due to their age.

To learn more about AMP’s hydropower fleet, visit AMP’s website; to learn more about the Hydroelectric Production Incentives program, visit the US DOE Grid Deployment Office’s website.

  • Cannelton
    Cannelton Hydroelectric Plant
  • Meldahl
    Meldahl Hydroelectric Plant
  • Smithland
    Smithland Hydroelectric Plant
  • WillowIsland
    Willow Island Hydroelectric Plant