OPSB approves construction of electric cogeneration facility in Lucas County

OPSB approves construction of electric cogeneration facility in Lucas County

Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 28, 2008) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved a proposal to construct a 135 megawatt (MW) electric cogeneration facility in Toledo. The facility will be owned and operated by FDS Coke Plant, LLC within the same 51-acre site where the company is building a coke oven plant.

The cogeneration facility will capture waste heat from the coke plant, convert it to steam, and then utilize that steam to generate electricity through a turbine generator. The facility will supply electricity to the regional electric grid through a connection to the FirstEnergy Ironville substation. The project is expected to create up to 200 temporary construction jobs and 25 permanent positions.

On Sept. 12, 2007, FDS filed its application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the cogeneration facility. Following review of the application, OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board authorize construction at the company’s preferred location. OPSB staff also recommended 19 specific conditions to minimize environmental, social and cultural impacts to the area, and FDS has agreed to follow these conditions.

The OPSB reviews applications for the siting of large electric and natural gas generating and transmission facilities in Ohio. The 11-member board is comprised of representatives of the PUCO, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of Development, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Health, the Ohio General Assembly and the public. The Chairman of the PUCO also chairs the OPSB.

Additional information regarding this project is available on the OPSB Web site at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.