POWER SUPPLY - Where does my power come from?
The electricity powering homes and business in Firelands Electric Cooperative's service territory is generated by Buckeye Power, Inc. (BPI), which is Ohio’s generation and transmission cooperative that provides electricity to the 24 Ohio-based cooperatives and Michigan-based Midwest Energy & Communications. Owned and governed by the cooperatives it serves, Buckeye Power is dedicated to providing its member cooperatives with affordable and responsibly-produced power. They own a portfolio of generation and peaking facilities, outfitted with best-in-class environmental controls. They are also committed to researching and investing in economically sustainable sources of renewable power.
Buckeye Power believes technology, efficiency, and conservation are crucial paths to ensure the electricity needs of nearly 400,000 homes and businesses served by the member-owned electric cooperatives in Ohio. They have successfully dealt with economic and legislative challenges by always keeping the best interests of our members at the forefront.
BASE LOAD GENERATION
Buckeye Power’s base-load generation assets serve the day-to-day needs of Ohio’s cooperative members. These facilities are best-in-class, outfitted with state-of-the-art environmental controls.
Cardinal Power Plant is located in Brilliant, Ohio. Cardinal is a coal-fired power plant that has a generating capacity of 1,230 megawatts. Clifty Creek and Kyger Creek plants, owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation. These two coal-fired power plants have a combined capacity of 434 megawatts.
As Buckeye’s flagship, Cardinal Power Station is a “best in class” world performer in the reduction of emission such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and particulates. Cardinal Station's Unit No. 2 is at rated at 600 megawatts (MW) and Unit No. 3 is rated at 630 MW.
Buckeye Power continues to diversify its generation mix by acquiring additional capacity from both traditional and alternative energy sources.
Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives take a balanced approach to renewable energy. They utilize affordable coal-fired generation for the bulk of our member’s power. In addition to this base load generation, Buckeye Power has made significant investments in renewable energy on behalf of Ohio cooperative families.
Buckeye Power’s natural gas-fueled peaking facilities serve Ohio cooperative members on the coldest and hottest days of the year.
- The Robert P. Mone Plant is in Convoy, Ohio. It is a natural gas power plant with 510 megawatts of capacity.
- The Greenville Generation Station located in Greenville, Ohio, is a natural gas plant with 200 megawatts of generation capacity.
Firelands Electric promotes economic development as a means of retaining existing businesses and attracting new businesses into our cooperative's service territory. A professional development staff can assist in the selection of sites, while offering guidance for state and federal incentive packages. For more information, click here to contact our Member Services department at 1-800-533-8658.