Company starts building natural gas-fired power plant in eastern Ohio

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for the $899 million natural gas-fired power plant that is being built near Carrollton, Ohio in the Utica shale play, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. The newspaper says Carroll County Energy’s 700-megawatt plant off State Route 9 will produce enough electricity to power 750,000 homes and is scheduled to begin operations in December 2017. The project would have been impossible without the development of the Utica shale play and its yield of large volumes of low-cost natural gas, said Thomas Spang, chief executive of Advanced Power AG, the Swiss company behind the plant.