American Municipal Power recognizes the important role of fossil fuel generation as a component of a balanced generation portfolio. Coal, natural gas and diesel generation are used to help reliably meet the power demand in member communities at predictable costs.
The AMP Fremont Energy Center (AFEC) is a natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) facility that AMP purchased in July 2011 from FirstEnergy Generation Corp., a subsidiary of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). AFEC supplies intermediate power to participating AMP member communities and other participants. Intermediate power is energy needed Monday – Friday during the 16 highest demand hours.
AMP owns 90.69 percent of AFEC on behalf of 87 participating AMP member utilities in seven states and 4.15 percent on behalf of the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative. The Michigan Public Power Agency owns the remaining 5.16 percent.
In addition to AFEC, which is considered an intermediate energy resource, AMP uses natural gas units as distributed generation to help meet the peaking and standby resource needs of participating member communities. Six combustion turbine units are owned by AMP, located in Bowling Green, Galion and Napoleon, Ohio. Each site has one 15.5 MW unit and one 32 MW unit, providing approximately 142.5 MW of distributed generation capacity. The rest of the gas-turbine generating units, totaling 75 MW of capacity, are owned by the Ohio Municipal Electric Generation Agency (OMEGA) Joint Venture 2, with sites in Bowling Green, Hamilton and St. Marys, Ohio.
AMP generation technicians perform operations and maintenance of all units, which are simple-cycle natural gas-fired turbines.
For emission control, AMP uses two types of state-of-the-art technology: water injection technology and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), both of which reduce nitrous oxide emissions. For more information on the AMP Combustion Turbine Project, use the link below.
AMP owns 23.26 percent of the Prairie State Energy Campus on behalf of its 68 participating member communities. The 1,600-MW advanced coal generating station and associated mine, located in southern Illinois, began commercial operation in 2012. For more information on this project, visit the Prairie State website linked below.
Smaller diesel units, owned by participating AMP member communities through the Ohio Municipal Electric Generation Agency (OMEGA) Joint Venture program, are used as distributed generation providing peaking power and mitigating the impact of higher power prices attributed to times of reported congestion. Diesel units also provide back-up to the Belleville Hydroelectric Plant. For more information on these projects, use the link below.