Frequently Asked Questions
What market does the Lordstown Energy Center serve?
The Lordstown Energy Center provides reliable power supply to more than three-quarters of a million homes and businesses. Lordstown delivers electricity into PJM, a regional transmission operator, which coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states including Ohio.
How does the LEC support the community?
LEC is the result of an $890 million investment that created approximately 900 construction jobs during its two-year development and construction phases, and supported large purchases of concrete, structural steel and other building materials and services. As part of a property tax abatement agreement, the center donated $3 million to the Lordstown schools, which was used in part to develop a new stadium with a track and field for Lordstown student-athletes. It will continue to provide $1 million annually to Lordstown Schools over the next 15 years. It is also a major purchaser of natural gas extracted from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The center has 21 full-time employees and is a member of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber.
Why was this site selected for the center?
The LEC site is located close to some of the most productive deposits in the Utica Shale and also close to productive Marcellus Shale resources. It is readily accessible to Interstates 80 and 76 and to an existing natural gas lateral pipeline and transmission line corridors.
How is the LEC more environmentally friendly than traditional electric power plants?
LEC is equipped with state-of-the art emissions control equipment in the form of dry, low-NOX burners, CO catalytic oxidation systems, NOx-reduction systems and a cooling tower with high-efficiency drift eliminators.
What is the source of water used at the plant?
The Village of Lordstown is the source of water for process, service and potable use through the City of Warren and the City of Niles.
How is the wastewater regulated and monitored?
The facility’s sanitary waste and wastewater from demineralized water production process and cooling tower will be discharged to the Warren wastewater treatment facility via the Village of Lordstown’s interconnection.
How will the LEC control the amount of water discharged, particularly during storms?
Storm water is collected in a storm water retention basin located at the facility. Ditches, swales and underground drainage piping capture the storm water and direct it by gravity to the storm water detention basin, which is connected to an overflow pipe within Henn Parkway to Mud Creek.
How does the plant handle fire prevention?
The facility’s fire protection system was developed in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association code and standards. The facility has also been designed to comply with all state and local codes and requirements. The system utilizes a combined service and firewater tank, which has a 150,000-gallon fire protection water reserve volume. The fire protection system consists of fire pumps, sprinklers, hose connections, continuous monitoring and notifications, and fire extinguishers.
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