Pipeline Serving Wildcat Point Gains Federal Approval

ODEC-vert_lockup2-SM_3CThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week issued final approval for a key pipeline that will deliver natural gas to Wildcat Point. Known as the Rock Springs Expansion Project, the 11 mile pipeline will run through southern Lancaster County, Pa., before connecting to Wildcat Point just south of the Pennsylvania/Maryland line.

The pipeline is designed to transport 192,000 dekatherms of natural gas to Wildcat Point per day. Additional details on the project can be found by clicking here.

ODEC to Break Ground on Wildcat Point in October

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Wildcat Point facility in October. Details on the event are below.  The ODEC team is grateful to all its partners in Cecil County and Maryland who have helped make this project possible!

Wildcat Point Groundbreaking

Cecil Whig: Wildcat Point power plant gains support

By Cheryl Mattix cmattix@cecilwhig.com | Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:00 pm

CONOWINGO — About 50 people braved temperatures in the teens Wednesday night to attend a public hearing at Conowingo Elementary School conducted by the Maryland Public Service Commission in consideration of an application from Old Dominion Electric Cooperative to construct a 1,000 megawatt power generation facility at its site off Rock Springs Road.

The application is for the PSC to issue ODEC a certificate of public convenience and necessity.

Nine people, including one local business owner, the county director of economic development, Conowingo Elementary School’s principal and several residents who belong to labor unions, testified in favor of the project, which is estimated to have a $35 million economic impact on Cecil County.

No one spoke in opposition.

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You’re Invited: ODEC to Host Wildcat Point Open House in November

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) will hold an Open House November 20th for Cecil County residents to learn more about the Wildcat Point Generation Facility, a state-of-the-art, natural gas-powered electric generation facility ODEC plans to build near Rt. 222 in Cecil County.

Cecil County residents are invited to attend! Enjoy complimentary refreshments, meet ODEC’s leadership, view artist renderings of the project, and learn how Wildcat Point will generate new jobs and reliable power for the region.

View your invitation below:

ODEC to Host Wildcat Point Open House

WHO: Cecil County residents & ODEC leadership

WHAT: Open House for Wildcat Point Generation Facility project
Complimentary refreshments served

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
3 pm – 5 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm

WHERE: Conowingo Elementary School
471 Rowlandsville Road,
Conowingo, MD 21918

To learn more, contact us at wildcatpoint@odec.com.

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

PRESS RELEASE: Old Dominion Electric Cooperative Files to Build Environmentally Balanced Energy Facility

ODECGlen Allen, Va. – Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) this week applied to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to construct a natural gas-powered electric generation facility in Cecil County, Maryland.  The project, named Wildcat Point Generation Facility, was first announced in April.

The filing comes the same week the Cecil County Council unanimously adopted a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, or PILOT, for Wildcat Point that would yield the County $124.2 million through 2051.  The CPCN filing may be viewed at the PSC’s website at www.psc.state.md.us.

“Our region needs new sources of cost-effective, reliable and environmentally balanced electricity,” said Lisa Johnson, ODEC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “This filing makes a compelling case for Wildcat Point, from ODEC’s proven track record building and owning a generation facility in Maryland to the rising demand for electricity in our region.  We are grateful for the broad support we have received from the Cecil County government and look forward to working with the PSC during their review of our application.”

Wildcat Point would be built five miles west of the Town of Rising Sun adjacent to the Rock Springs Generation Facility, which ODEC constructed and which became operational in 2003. It would generate approximately 1,000 megawatts of power, enough to serve 390,000 homes annually.

ODEC experienced more than 26 percent growth in electricity sales over the last 10 years and expects additional growth over the next decade. Wildcat Point would provide ODEC’s 11 member distribution cooperatives a new source of reliable electricity, including 52,000 members on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  It would be powered by natural gas, a clean and domestically plentiful form of energy used to create electricity.  It would benefit non-ODEC customers by improving reliability on the region’s electric grid.  Lastly, it would create a peak force of approximately 600 temporary construction jobs and roughly 30 permanent jobs.

Further, Maryland’s power plant fleet is aging and unable to meet statewide energy needs.  Maryland imports 42% of its power, making it the fifth largest energy importer in the U.S. Two-thirds of the power generated in Maryland comes from power plants that are at least 30 years old.

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: 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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Cecil Whig Editorial: A Cecil Renaissance?

cecil-whig-300x300Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:00 am

It seems that there has been a nice spat of economic progress coming to Cecil County and the surrounding region of late.

On Tuesday, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative made a grand announcement of an expansion power plant at its Rock Springs Generation Facility in Conowingo. Many people probably will probably gloss right over such news, but that would probably be a mistake.

To read the full editorial, click here.

Cecil Whig: New Conowingo natural gas-fueled power plant announced

cecil-whig-300x300Project expected to create 600 construction jobs, 30 permanent jobs

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:09 pm .

By Jane Bellmyer, The Cecil Whig

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is in the early stages of putting a new natural gas-fueled power plant next to its existing facility at Rock Springs Generation Facility in Conowingo, which will bring hundreds of jobs to the area, a plant spokeswoman said Tuesday.

To read the full article, click here.