Ohio’s co-ops take a balanced approach to energy generation. Buckeye Power, Inc. (BPI) is Ohio’s generation and transmission cooperative, providing power to the 24 Ohio-based electric cooperatives and Michigan-based Midwest Energy & Communications. Owned and governed by the cooperatives it serves, Buckeye Power is dedicated to providing its member cooperatives with affordable and responsibly-produced power.
Buckeye Power owns a diverse portfolio of base load and peaking facilities, outfitted with best-in-class environmental controls. BPI is also committed to researching and investing in economically sustainable sources of renewable power.
Coal-fired power plant; 1,800 megawatts of capacity
Coal-fired power plants; 434 megawatts of combined capacity
Natural gas peaking plant; 510 megawatts of capacity
Natural gas peaking plant; 200 megawatts of capacity
Buckeye Power has installed solar energy arrays at 23 locations throughout Ohio for the OurSolar community solar project. Individual sizes range from 25 kilowatts to more than 600 kilowatts. Local member cooperatives may offer subscriptions to these solar farms as an alternative source of generation. These subscriptions provide direct access to solar generation to electric consumers who otherwise may not have the means or ability to have their own rooftop systems.
Buckeye Power purchases the excess generation from animal waste anaerobic digester systems at four locations across the state. Bacteria break down the manure produced at these dairy, pork and poultry operations to create the methane gas used to fuel engine-and-generator sets. Power flows onto the grid via interconnections with the member systems Consolidated, Midwest, North Western, and Paulding Putnam electric cooperatives.
Buckeye Power receives methane-produced power from the Hancock County Landfill and Suburban Regional Landfill (in Perry County), using interconnections provided by Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative and South Central Power.
Buckeye Power began receiving attractively-priced hydropower from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in 2004. NYPA is the largest state-owned power organization in the nation and a not-for-profit provider of generation to electric cooperatives, community-owned electric systems, and private utilities. Power comes primarily from the Niagara (90 percent) and St. Lawrence rivers.
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