Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) will seek approval to construct a natural gas-fueled electric generation facility in Cecil County, Maryland.
Named the Wildcat Point Generation Facility, the plant would be built five miles west of the town of Rising Sun on existing property at the Rock Springs Generation Facility, which ODEC constructed and which became operational in 2003.
Wildcat Point would provide ODEC's member distribution cooperatives reliable access to power at a time of growing energy needs, including more than 170,000 cooperative members on the Eastern Shore. Wildcat Point is expected to become operational in 2017 and generate about 1,000 MW of power, enough to serve 390,000 homes annually.
Maryland's power plant fleet is aging and unable to meet statewide energy needs. Maryland imports 42 percent of its power, making it the fifth largest energy importer in the U.S., according to ODEC.
ODEC is a not-for-profit provider of wholesale power to 11 member distribution cooperatives in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware that serve about 1.2 million people.
Headquartered in Glen Allen, Va., ODEC is the wholesale power supplier to 11 locally owned and controlled, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperatives that provide reliable, affordable electricity to 1.2 million people in 70 counties in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.
This article was originally published on Electric Light & Power/POWERGRID International. It was republished with permission.