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Power Provider for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Receives CPCN

 Approval to Construct 1,000 Megawatt Natural Gas Generation Facility


CHASE CITY – Wildcat Point Generation Facility (Wildcat Point), a state-of-the-art, combined-cycle natural gas generation facility proposed by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s (MEC) power provider, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), has been approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). The facility will be located adjacent to ODEC’s existing generating facility in Conowingo, Md.


The $675 million Wildcat Point facility will improve reliability on the region’s electric grid, and help ODEC deliver cleaner, cost-effective power to its 1.2 million members in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, including those served by MEC. Wildcat Point is expected to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power approximately 390,000 homes annually. By issuing a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, or CPCN, the PSC has provided ODEC the final permitting required to begin construction.


“The PSC’s decision is an important win for our members and for the region’s energy future,” says Jackson Reasor, president and CEO of ODEC. “As demand for electricity has grown in ODEC-served areas, constructing a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly power generation facility became a critical priority. Wildcat Point will enable us to provide our members cost-effective power while reducing reliance on costlier electricity bought on the market.”


John Lee, CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and member of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors states, “For some time, ODEC has been able to meet significant portions of its members’ power needs through cost effective power contracts; however, forecasts began to show that natural gas pricing made the construction of a power plant the best long-term option. These facilities are strategically located to meet the needs of ODEC’s system demand and appropriately take advantage of existing infrastructure by building this new plant adjacent to our Rock Springs site. We are excited to receive the go-ahead to begin construction and begin putting steel in the ground to meet the growing needs of our members.”


The Maryland PSC’s decision follows a rigorous, 11-month review of ODEC’s proposal by local, state, regional, and federal agencies. To receive the CPCN, Wildcat Point was required to meet stringent environmental, traffic, and historic preservation regulations. During the review process, both ODEC and the PSC hosted public hearings with no one formally opposing the project.


Construction is expected to begin in late 2014, and upon startup in 2017 the facility will increase the capacity owned by Old Dominion by more than 30 percent. Wildcat Point will be built in Conowingo, Cecil County, on existing property at the ODEC-constructed Rock Springs Generation Facility, which became operational in 2003.



About MEC:

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 homes, farms and businesses located in portions of the Counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton, and Sussex.  It is headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Chase City, Emporia and Gretna.  For more information, visit www.meckelec.org.


About ODEC:
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) is a generation-and-transmission cooperative (G&T) that provides wholesale power to Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and 10 other  member electric distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. ODEC and its member systems are not-for-profit electric cooperatives that are owned by the members they serve. For more information, visit www.odec.com.




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