Energy company targets Ohio as site for new power plant

A Florida based energy company says it plans to spend more than $500 million on a natural gas-fired power plant in southwest Ohio that could mean jobs for 400 people in the area.
Associated Press
Jan 31, 2014

NTE Energy said Tuesday it plans to operate “one of the most efficient natural gas-fired power plants in the United States” in Middletown, between Dayton and Cincinnati, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Officials said permit applications have begun. The project is expected to begin construction in 2015 and go online 2018.

The company said the bulk of the 300 to 400 construction jobs are expected to be filled by the members of skilled trades unions. When it’s finished, the plant is expected to add around 25 to 30 full-time jobs to the Middletown area.

 

Comments

Centralohioan

Great - skilled trades unions - that way we can be assured that the cost of construction can be kept as high as possible - another payback project for a certain political party?

angrybird

Great because there is no comparison to skill trade unions. You get what you pay for you fool. Only a fool would complain about a company coming to Ohio and bring good paying jobs.

BDupler

I talked to a couple leaders about getting a Combined Cycle Plant in our area. I was familiar with the need to construct these since it is my field. Only one local leader was interested in hearing about it.

IT'S ME

How'd they sneak this one past the tree huggers?

The Bizness

Even some of us tree huggers understand that not every person is on board with moving to solar, bio-waste, and wind.

I would love for each household to have a solar array on their roof, and then gas for back up but there are still limitations to that. (which are quickly being overcome)

My vision for what I see as an energy future is nearly impossible with the way our current grid is set up. Each city, county, or some other smaller area would have its own micro-grid that is completely cut off from another unless there is emergency. Each micro-grids primary energy would come from renewable and then another source of energy would be used when necessary.

BDupler

These type of plants burn Natural Gas. There is no ash residue or particulate matter to deal with from a stack. It is the same type of gas that is consumed in your furnace or water heater.

The only emission of concern is NOx. A lot of energy companies are marketing these plants as "Clean Energy Centers" or say they burn "Clean Natural Gas".

The Bizness

Yes, I understand, and if you read what I wrote I clearly said that I understand there is a need for this.

You are wrong however about the emissions

"At the power plant, the burning of natural gas produces nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide, but in lower quantities than burning coal or oil. >Methane, a primary component of natural gas and a greenhouse gas, can also be emitted into the air when natural gas is not burned completely. Similarly, methane can be emitted as the result of leaks and losses during transportation. Emissions of sulfur dioxide and mercury compounds from burning natural gas are negligible.

The average emissions rates in the United States from natural gas-fired generation are: 1135 lbs/MWh of carbon dioxide, 0.1 lbs/MWh of sulfur dioxide, and 1.7 lbs/MWh of nitrogen oxides.1 Compared to the average air emissions from coal-fired generation, natural gas produces half as much carbon dioxide, less than a third as much nitrogen oxides, and one percent as much sulfur oxides at the power plant.2 In addition, the process of extraction, treatment, and transport of the natural gas to the power plant generates additional emissions." - http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/e...

Simple Enough II

The only problem s everytime they announce one of these I believe our natural gas prices jump!

Really are you ...

Combustion! combustion! combustion! Coal, oil, and natural gas all combust into the same problem that is trying to be avoided. The carbon footprint will remain the same no matter how you try to fix the problem by combusting something. Growing larger.

G_Richardson

http://www.blacklightpower.com/
Interesting theory and application if they can actually make it work.

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The Hero Zone

Thanks for sharing that! Here's one that I was introduced to not too long ago:

http://energyfromthorium.com/

The Big Dog's back
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The Hero Zone

I appreciate the link, but in reading it it was kind of sparse. I'm all for discovering new forms of energy and discussing its merits and flaws. But, while it is something to consider, I don't know if I'm convinced just yet that it isn't worth exploration. To be fair, even the link I provided doesn't answer all my questions. But again, thanks for the link.

The Big Dog's back

BlackLight Power, Inc. (BLP) of Cranbury, New Jersey is a company founded by Randell L. Mills, who claims to have discovered a new energy source. The purported energy source is based on Mills' assertion that the electron in a hydrogen atom can drop below the lowest energy state known as the ground state. Mills calls the theoretical hydrogen atoms that are in an energy state below ground level, "hydrinos".[1] Mills self-published a closely related book, The Grand Unified Theory of Classical Physics.[4]

The proposed theory is inconsistent with quantum mechanics and critics have ruled it out on those grounds, with some labelling it "fraud", "extremely unlikely", lacking corroborating scientific evidence, and a relic of cold fusion. In 2009 IEEE Spectrum magazine characterized it as a "loser" technology because "Most experts don't believe such lower states exist, and they say the experiments don’t present convincing evidence".[5] BlackLight has announced several times that it was about to deliver commercial products based on Mill's theories, and it has failed to deliver every time

Peninsula Pundit

We have lots of spent nuclear fuel sitting all over the country. A breeder reactor could take this waste and convert it back into fuel that we can run in a fission plant.
But first, we have to build new, improved nuclear power plants.
The biggest threat to our environment is if one of these 30 year old plants fails, which, according to the laws of physics and the nature of the metallurgical properties of the materials used to build them, is closer to happening than much of the public realizes.

Centralohioan

@ angrybird. Obviously you have never been around the contractors in the central part of the state. Continue to remain clueless...