CONVOY, Ohio – Ohio’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives broke ground May 16 for the state’s newest power generating plant.
Powered by three gas- or oil-fired General Electric combustion turbines, the new Robert P. Mone peaking power plant will be completed in 2002. The $190 million facility is named in honor of the longtime legal counsel to the state’s electric co-ops.
The 510-megawatt facility will be owned by National Power Cooperative and will be built and operated by a division of American Electric Power, through an agreement with National Power Cooperative.
More than 200 co-op leaders and guests were on hand for ceremonies marking the start of construction of the new power plant near Convoy, in Van Wert County.
“We are committed to your community. We want to be a very, very good neighbor,” said Richard Byrne, president of National Power Cooperative.
“I have never seen so many people work so well together for the common good,” he said. “It’s spectacular the way it’s been done. It’s been a refreshing experience.”
A $1,000 check on behalf of National Power Cooperative was presented to Floyd Jones, a member of the board of the Convoy Community Foundation.
“The Robert P. Mone Plant is being built at a critical time in our industry. Reserves of power here in Ohio are reaching low levels never seen before” said Steve Nelson, chairman of the board of Buckeye Power, the electricity generation and transmission cooperative that supplies power to the state’s distribution co-ops.
Buckeye Power will control the power generated by the Mone Plant.