AMP Abandons Proposed Generating Station in Meigs County, Ohio
November 25, 2009
On November 25, 2009, American Municipal Power Inc. (AMP) announced that it was abandoning plans for a new coal plant in Meigs County, Ohio and exploring plans for a natural gas plant at the site instead. AMP blamed the escalating price tag for building the proposed plant for its decision. A November 2009 estimate showed costs jumping more than 35% from the last estimate in May 2009. Since first proposed in 2006, the price tag for the plant has risen from $1.5 billion to almost $4.0 billion.
Sierra Club and our allies have fought AMP's proposed coal plant every step of the way. The 960-MW plant would have emitted more than 5 million tons of carbon dioxide, as well as other dangerous air pollutants, into the air every year. Sierra Club is currently challenging a number of permits relating to the proposed plant before the Ohio Environmental Appeals Commission and it is not immediately clear how AMP's announcement affects those proceedings.
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