Commentary: ODEC looks to create jobs, power in Cecil County

The following was first published in The Cecil Whig Friday, January 31, 2014

By Rick Beam

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

Over the past year Cecil County residents have asked many good questions about Wildcat Point, the state-of-the-art electric generation facility our cooperative, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, plans to build in Conowingo.

I’d like to answer those questions in this public format so that county residents have the best information possible about this important economic development project in their community. Let’s start with the basics:

What is Wildcat Point?

Wildcat Point is a natural gas-fired electric generation facility that Old Dominion Electric Cooperative proposes to build in Conowingo. It would be located adjacent to the Rock Springs Generation Facility that ODEC constructed along Route 222 in 2003. At its peak output, Wildcat Point would generate approximately 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 390,000 homes.

Why is it necessary?

There are two trends in the energy market that make Wildcat Point a necessity. First, energy consumption is rising in areas served by ODEC. Second, our region will lose an estimated 16,000 megawatts of power over the next eight years as older power plants approach retirement. To help “keep the lights on” for our members and to improve reliability on the region’s electric grid, we need to build new power generation facilities.

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