AMP is actively developing multiple hydroelectric projects in the region, pursuing the largest deployment of clean, renewable run-of-the-river hydroelectric generation in the country.

Hydropower is the most prevalent form of renewable energy used to generate electricity today. Hydroelectric generation is far more dependable than other forms of renewable generation.

AMP developed and manages a 42 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric generation facility on behalf of 42 member communities participating in Ohio Municipal Electric Generation Agency Joint Venture 5. The Belleville Hydroelectric Facility is located on the Ohio River at the Belleville (W.Va.) Locks and Dam and went online in April 1999.

   

Eight AMP member communities operate locally-owned hydroelectric facilities. These include the cities of Bryan and Hamilton in Ohio, Bedford, Danville and Martinsville in Virginia, Union City in Michigan and New Martinsville in West Virginia.

These facilities have a combined capacity of more than 132 MW.

Currently, AMP is developing five new hydroelectric projects that will add more than 350 MW of new, renewable generation to the region. These run-of-the-river hydroelectric facilities will be installed on existing dams on the Ohio River.

Currently, 79 communities from the states of Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia, along with the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC), are participating in the hydroelectric projects. Other communities may have the opportunity to participate as additional capacity is added.

A contract exceeding $300 million was signed with York, Penn.-based Voith Hydro to manufacture turbines and generators for the first four of these projects, at the Smithland, Cannelton, Meldahl and Willow Island Locks and Dams.

AMP owns the Meldahl project, through a separate wholly owned limited liability company. AMP is developing the project with the member community of Hamilton, Ohio, which originally procured the development license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hamilton retains the rights for a 51 percent share of the energy output from the facility, with AMP taking the remaining output for the 48 other AMP members participating in the project.

Additionally, AMP and its member community of Wadsworth, Ohio, are pursuing the FERC development license and Army Corps of Engineers and state agency permitting for a project at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam in Gallia County, Ohio, on the Ohio River.

AMP is also reviewing other hydro projects that may be economically attractive to its members.

 

The Phase 1 hydroelectric projects include the run-of-the-river generating facilities currently under construction at the Cannelton, Smithland and Willow Island dams on the Ohio River. Seventy-nine AMP member communities are participating in the projects, along with the CVEC.
Combined Hydro Quarterly Report

Cannelton

The Cannelton Project will divert water from the existing Corps Cannelton Locks and Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average gross annual output of approximately 458 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). The site will include an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse, and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse will house three horizontal 29.3-MW bulb-type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 88 MW at a gross head of 25 feet. A 1,000-ft-long 138-kV transmission line interconnection is planned to connect to MISO.

Smithland

The Smithland Project will divert water from the existing Corps Smithland Locks and Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average gross annual output of approximately 379 million kWh. The site will include an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse, and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse will house three horizontal 25.3-MW bulb-type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 72 MW at a gross head of 22 feet. A 2-mile-long 161-kV transmission line interconnection is planned to connect to MISO.

Willow Island

The Willow Island Project will divert water from the existing Corps Willow Island Locks and Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average annual output of approximately 239 million kWh. The site will include an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse, and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse will house two horizontal 22-MW bulb-type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 44 MW at a gross head of 20 feet. A 1.6-mile-long 138-kV transmission line interconnection is planned to connect to PJM.

The Meldahl/Greenup projects include the 105 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating facility currently under construction at the Captain Anthony Meldahl Dam on the Ohio River and the existing generating facility at the Greenup Dam, also on the Ohio River. Forty-eight AMP member communities are participating in this project. AMP owns the Meldahl project, through a separate wholly owned limited liability company. AMP is developing the project with the member community of Hamilton, Ohio, which originally procured the development license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hamilton retains the rights for a 51 percent share of the energy output from the facility, with AMP taking the remaining output for the 48 other AMP members participating in the project.
Meldahl Quarterly Report

Meldahl

The Meldahl Project will divert water from the existing Corps Meldahl Locks and Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average gross annual output of approximately 558 million kWh. The site will include an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse, and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse will house three horizontal 35-MW bulb-type turbine and generating units with an FERC Licensed rated capacity of 105 MW at a gross head of 30 feet.

 

For more information regarding hydroelectric power projects, please contact Phil Meier, vice president of hydroelectric development and operations, at 614.540.1111 or pmeier@amppartners.org.