County wants Pennsylvania prison to become power plant

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CRESSON, Pa. (AP) — County officials want to turn a former prison site in central Pennsylvania into a gas-fired power plant.

The former State Correctional Institution-Cresson has been transferred to the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority for $1. That's the first step in selling the 93-acre tract to a company that wants to build the plant.

Greg Cammerata, president of Greensburg-based KeyTex Energy, says the company wants to build the plant.

But before that can happen, PJM Interconnection — a company that operates the electric power grid in more than a dozen states — has to determine whether electrical substation upgrades are needed first.

The prison. about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh. closed in 2013.

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