- ODEC has a proven track record of safe, responsible energy production in Cecil County. The not-for-profit first earned approval to construct its Rock Springs natural gas facility in 2000. The facility has successfully generated power since 2003.
- ODEC is proud to hold a sterling record of environmental compliance. The not-for-profit has never received notice for an environmental violation at power generation facilities it owns and operates. During the Wildcat Point approval process, ODEC complied with all applicable laws, permits and regulations to protect local communities, wildlife habitats and the environment.
- ODEC wants to generate more than just electricity in Cecil County. We also want to generate lasting community partnerships. In keeping with the cooperative principle of “Concern for Community,” ODEC has invested in Cecil County to support the economic and environmental well being of the community. We are proud to support many worthwhile organizations in the county, including the Water Witch Fire Company, Cecil County Arts Council, North East Middle School Junior Honors Society and the Boys & Girls Club of Cecil County.
Wildcat Point will yield broad economic, environmental and community benefits for ODEC members, Cecil County and Maryland, including 52,000 electric co-op members on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
- Wildcat Point will create up to 600 temporary construction jobs and approximately 30 permanent jobs.
- Cecil County’s unemployment rate is 26 percent higher than the statewide average, meaning more jobs are needed in Cecil County.
- The plant’s total economic impact in Cecil County is estimated to be more than $1 billion, according to experts at Chmura Economics & Analytics.
- Cecil County and ODEC have agreed to a long-term revenue plan that guarantees the County $124.2 million through 2051 — that is 189 percent more revenue than if Wildcat Point is not built in Cecil County. See the chart below:
- Wildcat Point will be powered by natural gas, a clean source of energy available in great quantities in the U.S. Emissions from natural gas are among the lowest of any fuel used for generating electricity.
- Two-thirds of the power generated in Maryland is from power plants that are at least 30 years old. The Wildcat Point facility will help modernize, clean and diversify Maryland’s energy portfolio.
- ODEC and its members have been practicing energy efficiency for years. These efforts include coupons for Energy Smart CFL bulbs, an on-line energy calculator to help inform their members on how they use energy in their homes (with recommendations on ways to mitigate usage), in-home energy audits, an energy newsletter for their commercial/industrial members, a website devoted to the education of energy efficiency matters (www.energizeefficiently.coop), and an energy efficiency calendar. Some of the member cooperatives have established a “Beat the Peak” program, encouraging their members to reduce consumption at the peak hours of the month. All of these opportunities have resulted in a more informed member-consumer base that saves energy and reduces demand.
- Lastly, to update the public on its sustainability efforts, ODEC recently issued its 2014 Sustainability Report. That report can be viewed by clicking here.
- Demand for energy is rising in ODEC-served regions. Over the past decade, ODEC saw a 26% increase in electricity sales and expects additional growth in the future. Further, many power plants in the region are approaching retirement, meaning new sources of electricity are needed to ensure reliable access to power in the future.
- Wildcat Point will increase ODEC’s supply of owned power generation assets and lower ODEC’s and Maryland’s reliance on costlier, imported energy.
- Wildcat Point will directly benefit cooperative members on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. ODEC member Choptank Electric Cooperative serves approximately 52,000 residents across the Eastern Shore, including 3,000 in Cecil County.