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New Hydroelectric Power Plants Built Along the Ohio River


Hydroelectric generating capacity is on the rise with the construction of new power plants along the Ohio River in West Virginia and Kentucky.

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register reports that enough new hydroelectricity to power up to 320,000 homes will come online this year.

American Municipal Power President and CEO Marc Gerken says the facilities will help insulate AMP from future carbon regulations and will be a long-term benefit to its members.

AMP officials opened generating units at the Willow Island Lock and Dam in Pleasants County, West Virginia, earlier this year.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said projects also are ongoing at Cannelton, Meldahl and Smithland in Kentucky. When these are complete, the hydroelectricity generating capacity along the Ohio River will grow from 313 megawatts to 554 megawatts.

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