Great Bend IGCC

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AEP Ohio, a unite of American Electric Power (AEP) filed an air permit application with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October 2006 for a proposed 629 megawatt (MW) Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant in Meigs County, Ohio. The Great Bend power plant is one of two IGCC power plants proposed by AEP in the Ohio/West Virginia region (the other is Mountaineer, in Mason County, West Virginia), and the two plants will be located within thirty miles of each other.[1] The Great Bend plant will be operated by Columbus Southern Power and the Ohio Power Company.

In April 2006, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approved AEP’s request to charge its customers for $23 million in pre-construction costs.[1] In Aug. 2006, this decision was challenged in the Ohio Supreme Court by the Ohio Consumers' Counsel and Industrial Energy Users-Ohio; this lawsuit could delay the projected in-service date of the plant by up to seven years. Oral arguments in the case were heard on Oct. 9, 2007.[2] In April 2007, the Ohio Siting Board approved the construction of the plant.[3]

In February 2009, AEP announced that construction of the plant would be placed on temporary hold due to economic conditions. An AEP executive indicated that although the corporation will not "proceed on construction in the near future", they are "still very interested in the project".[4]

Project Details

Sponsor: American Electric Power Ohio
Location: Meigs County, OH
Capacity: 629 MW
Type: IGCC
Projected in service: Unknown
Status: On Hold


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  1. 1.0 1.1 AEP and IGCC, AEP Ohio corporate website, accessed January 2008.
  2. Oral Argument Video Archives: October 9, 2007, The Supreme Court of Ohio website.
  3. "Ohio Approves AEP's Great Bend IGCC Site Plan", Gasification News, May 16, 2007. (This is an abbreviated version of the article; access to the full article requires registration.)
  4. "AEP: Clean coal plant on hold", Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, February 7, 2009.

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