Companies Propose Ohio River Hydroelectric Project
Two companies are proposing to build a hydroelectric power plant at the Pike Island Locks and Dam along the Ohio River in Wheeling.
American Municipal Power and Free Flow Power Project have submitted competing preliminary permit applications for the project, which must be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The project would generate up to 256,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually.
The Intelligencer and Wheeling-News Register reports the commission is accepting public comments on the project.
The project is being proposed as American Electric Power prepares to close its coal-fired Kammer Plant near Moundsville by the end of next year.
Columbus, Ohio-based American Municipal Power currently operates the New Martinsville Hydroelectric Plant at the Hannibal Locks and Dam. Free Flow Power Project is based in Boston.