Cecil Whig: Plumpton Zoo gets support from ODEC

Originally published in The Cecil Whig

Cecil Whig Photo by Jane Bellmyer

ODEC’s Brian Heinbaugh presents a gift to Plumpton Zoo leaders. Cecil Whig Photo by Jane Bellmyer

RISING SUN — A pair of corporate donations were made recently to Plumpton Park Zoo to help keep Jimmie the giraffe comfortable and improve the public experience at the nonprofit facility on Telegraph Road.

“This is our first giraffe barn,” said Allison DeVere, general manager of Foam Insealators. “We’ve done other barns but this is a first.”

DeVere watched as a crew of 10 from the Baltimore-based business sprayed 5 1/2 inches of open cell foam between 2-by-8-inch boards, forming an airtight seal for the Giraffe Education Center.

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Rising Sun Herald: ODEC Donates to Conowingo Community Center

Conowingo community center will honor Allreds

2/19/2016

by Lisa Tome

Contributing editor
The Conowingo Lions Club is $50,000 closer to making Floyd Allred’s dream come to fruition.
Allred, a local farmer, Lions Club, and Janes United Methodist Church member, died February 19, 2014. It had long been a goal for Allred to establish a community center in Conowingo.

ODEC's Brian Heinbaugh presents a gift to assist with renovating the Conowingo community center. (Image credit: Rising Sun Herald)

ODEC’s Brian Heinbaugh presents a gift to assist with renovating Conowingo’s community center. (Image credit: Rising Sun Herald)

Recently, the Conowingo Lions got a $50,000 donation from Brian Heinbaugh, plant general manager for Wildcat Point, and staffer Denise Piemontese, for the purpose of establishing a community center.
Conowingo Lions president Madeline Brown and Lion Jeff Coale said the community center building, which was formerly a private home, is being leased by the Lions from West Cecil Health Center. The home is at 79 Rock Springs Road and is on medical center property.
Coale said the one of the goals for the community center is to have it serve as a senior center. It will also be used by scout groups, and in the future, possibly a Boys and Girls Club. He said that from Conowingo, it takes 45 minutes for seniors to get to the Elkton Senior Center. He said the community has a real need for a place to meet.
The $50,000 from Wildcat Point is the first of three payments.
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Cecil Whig: Wildcat Point scheduled to open in 2017

Wildcat Point Generation Facility (Image Credit: Cecil Whig File Photo)

Wildcat Point Generation Facility (Image Credit: Cecil Whig File Photo)

The article below originally appeared in The Cecil Whig. 

By Cheryl Mattix

ELKTON — A top official for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative recently told Cecil County Council that construction of the $800 million Wildcat Point turbine expansion project is on schedule and should be open in June 2017.

“This expansion costs more in capital investment than Rock Springs, but it is adding more energy efficient turbines that will be able to produce 940 megawatts of electrical power,” Old Dominion Vice President Rick McWhorter said Tuesday.

The expansion is taking place at the company’s Rock Springs electrical generation facility in Conowingo. One of the differences between the two adjacent facilities is that the turbines at Old Dominion are not enclosed, but the new turbines at Wildcat Point will be.

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Cecil Whig: ODEC hosts open house on Wildcat Point plant

ODEC's Rick Beam and Cecil County's Lisa Webb at ODEC's Community Open House for Wildcat Point. (Image Credit: Jacob Owings, Cecil Whig)

ODEC’s Rick Beam and Cecil County’s Lisa Webb at ODEC’s Community Open House for Wildcat Point. (Image Credit: Jacob Owings, Cecil Whig)

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 4:00 am

By Jacob Owens jowens@cecilwhig.com

CONOWINGO — More than 30 people came out to Conowingo Elementary School on Wednesday to find out more information about the Wildcat Point Generation Facility and ask questions of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative officials.

Officials said the project includes the construction of a nearly seven-mile water pipeline from the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to the Conowingo site as well as installation of two new Mitsubishi-made, natural gas-powered turbines, cooling towers, associated electric generators and a heat recycling center, officials said. At peak output in the summer, the Wildcat Point plant will be able to produce 1,000 megawatts of power.

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ODEC Takes Another Key Step in Wildcat Point Project

ODECOn Friday, October 25th Requests for Proposals were issued to five potential Engineering Procurement and Construction contractors. The successful contractor will be responsible for the detailed engineering, design, procurement, construction, and start-up of the new facility incorporating the major equipment ODEC has purchased.

It is anticipated that this contract will be awarded after the first of 2014 with actual construction to commence sometime near the end of the year. This is an exciting time in Wildcat Point’s development as the physical part of the project will begin to take shape.

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PRESS RELEASE: ODEC, Mitsubishi Finalize Contract

ODEC President and CEO Jack Reasor, right,  and Mitsubishi CEO Koji Hasegawa at a contract signing for Wildcat Point's gas-powered turbines.

ODEC President and CEO Jack Reasor, right, and Mitsubishi CEO Koji Hasegawa at a contract signing for Wildcat Point’s gas-powered turbines.

(Glen Allen, VA)- Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) finalized the terms of its agreement with Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. at an official contract signing ceremony held on September 17, 2013 at ODEC’s Glen Allen, Virginia headquarters. Mitsubishi will supply two natural gas powered turbines and associated electric generators to ODEC’s proposed Wildcat Point generation facility.

Wildcat Point will be a natural gas power plant located in Cecil County, Maryland, adjacent to ODEC’s existing Rock Springs plant. The power plant will be one of the cleanest natural gas facilities of its size in Maryland and will generate approximately 1,000 megawatts, enough to power 390,000 homes in the region annually. The plant is expected to become operational in 2017.

President and CEO of ODEC, Jack Reasor and Koji Hasegawa, CEO of Mitsubishi power systems executed the contract in front of an audience of ODEC and Mitsubishi staff.

Said Reasor, “We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with Mitsubishi as the gas turbine supplier for Wildcat Point. Based on their position as a leader in power generation technology, we believe Mitsubishi is the right partner to help us supply reliable power through Wildcat Point.”

ODEC has experienced more than 26 percent growth in electricity sales over the last 10 years and expects additional growth over the next decade. Wildcat Point will provide ODEC’s 11 member distribution cooperatives a new source of reliable electricity, including 52,000 members on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

About ODEC:

Headquartered in Glen Allen, Va., ODEC is a not-for-profit, member-owned wholesale power supplier to 11 member electric distribution cooperatives that provide reliable, affordable electricity to 1.2 million people in 70 counties in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Learn more at www.odec.com

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Cecil Whig highlights electric cooperative partnerships with Cecil County teachers

cecil-whig-300x300The Cecil Whig recently highlighted a partnership between Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and Cecil County Public Schools that helps teachers secure the classroom supplies they need for the school year. Click here to read the article.

The article also mentions the charitable work of ODEC’s member cooperative, Choptank Electric.   The partnership is one of many examples of ODEC’s “concern for the community” business model at work in Cecil County.

 

ODEC donation to Cecil College will aid local children and families

ODEC's Brent Converse, fourth from left, presents check to Cecil College Foundation staff, including, (l to r), Mary Moore, Frank Mita, Stacy Igo, and Rebecca Harten.

ODEC’s Brent Converse, fourth from left, presents check to Cecil College Foundation staff, including, (l to r), Mary Moore, Frank Mita, Stacy Igo, and Rebecca Harten.

Continuing a long tradition of philanthropy in Cecil County, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has donated $2,000 to Cecil College to improve educational services to local children and families.

As noted in Cecil College’s press release, $1,300 of the gift will enable the purchase of two smart tablets to aid educationally-delayed and non-verbal children in the community.  Teachers at the College’s Family Education Center have test piloted a program that uses smart tablets to help these children improve verbal skills and reach their targeted education level.

The remaining $700 will provide a scholarship for a student enrolled in a certificate program, such as welding, truck driver training, or one of several health care options. The College’s certificate programs are vital to helping local citizens improve their professional skills and increase their employment opportunities.

“We are honored to be long time supporters of Cecil College,” said Brent Converse, facility site manager for ODEC’s Rock Springs Generation Facility in Rising Sun, Md. “Being a local employer, we think the education of our community is very important to providing growth for the county as well as prospective employees for all of the business owners in the area.”

ODEC has supported a variety of philanthropic organizations in Cecil County over the last ten years, including the Water Witch Fire Company, Cecil County Special Olympics, Cecil County Arts Council, and Perryville Middle School.

 

PRESS RELEASE: ODEC Selects Mitsubishi to Supply Gas Turbines for Wildcat Point Project

ODEC(Glen Allen, VA)-  Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has selected Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc. to supply two natural gas powered turbines and associated electric generators for installation at its Wildcat Point project.

Wildcat Point is ODEC’s proposed natural gas power plant that will be located in Cecil County, Maryland, adjacent to ODEC’s  existing Rock Springs plant.  The power plant will be one of the cleanest natural gas facilities of its size in Maryland and will generate approximately 1,000 megawatts, enough to power 390,000 homes in the region annually. The plant is expected to become operational in 2017.

According to Jack Reasor, president and chief executive officer of ODEC, “Selecting Mitsubishi as the gas turbine supplier for Wildcat Point is a great step forward in our project.  Based on its position as a leader in power generation technology, we believe Mitsubishi is the right partner to help us supply reliable power through Wildcat Point.”

ODEC has experienced more than 26 percent growth in electricity sales over the last 10 years and expects additional growth over the next decade. Wildcat Point will provide ODEC’s 11 member distribution cooperatives a new source of reliable electricity, including 52,000 members on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  For more information about the Wildcat Point project visit our website:  www.wildcatpoint.com

Cecil Whig: Study: New power plant will create $35M annual impact

ODEC VP Rick McWhorter gives reporters a tour of the future site of Wildcat Point. (Image Credit: Cheryl Mattix at The Cecil Whig)

ODEC VP Rick McWhorter gives reporters a tour of the future site of Wildcat Point. (Image Credit: Cheryl Mattix at The Cecil Whig)

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is moving ahead next week with its plans to construct a $675 million electrical generation facility called Wildcat Point next to existing turbines, which began operation a decade ago in June, on a 119-acre site off Route 222 near the Pennsylvania line.

“Permits should take about one year to obtain,” said Rick McWhorter, vice president operations and asset management for ODEC, Thursday during a tour of the plant. “We hope to begin construction by the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015, and open by mid-2017.”

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