Kaptur Aids Avon Lake Power PlantCleveland, OH - After months of effort to facilitate the continued use of the Avon Lake Power Plant, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) welcomed the announcement from NRG Energy that it intends to convert the plant from coal to natural gas.
“This is a grand slam for the Avon Lake community, providing continued revenue for the city, maintaining local jobs, diversifying power supply for the region, and reducing carbon emissions. NRG has been a great partner and I am happy to have worked with the company to help facilitate this change of course. I look forward to continuing work with NRG and Avon Lake to ensure the success of the announced project,” Kaptur said.
Kaptur, the Ranking Member of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee has worked with the company since early this year to ensure continued operation of the plant, which was slated for closure in 2015 by the former owner GenOn Energy. When informed of the planned closure, Kaptur immediately began discussions with the plant’s new owner, NRG Energy, to seek alternative solutions to maintain operation at the facility. Given Ohio’s natural gas resources, conversion was deemed the most viable solution.