Feb 15: AMP: Meigs County site not prepped for natural gas

LETART FALLS -- "Even if American Municipal Power decides to proceed with a natural gas-fired power plant for its Letart Falls site in Meigs County, there is no natural gas pipeline in the area. Kent Carson, senior communications director for AMP said no decision has been made concerning placement of a natural gas-fired power plant on the site. 'Our silence isn’t because we don’t want to keep people informed,' Carson said. 'We’re now considering all the options out there but we’re not at a place where we can make a decision or announcement,'" Beth Sergent, Pomeroy Daily Sentinel.

Jan 26: National Parks Conservation Association celebrates successes in 2009

WASHINGTON, DC -- "When American Municipal Power announced plans for a power plant in Ohio that would threaten air quality at Shenandoah National Park and exceed acceptable emissions limits established by law, NPCA challenged the permit. We are delighted to announce that on November 25th, American Municipal Power announced the cancellation of its plan to build a new 960-megawatt coal-fired power plant, delivering a victory for Shenandoah National Park and ensuring clean air in the region," National Parks Conservation Association.

Jan 25: Anatomy of a victory

CLEVELAND -- "Ohio Citizen Action began a campaign in September, 2007 to stop American Municipal Power’s (AMP) plans to build a new 1,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Meigs County, Ohio. The campaign was an uphill battle. It was called ‘one of the toughest coal plant pro- posals to stop’ by organizers throughout the country working together to move beyond coal. In fact, in 2009 alone there were 26 coal plant proposals that were defeated or abandoned in the US," Ohio Citizen Action.

Jan 13: Two hydro projects aired
Council to get details Jan. 26

$200 million? MARTINSVILLE, VA -- "Acting on the wishes of Martinsville and other members, AMP in November terminated one of the projects under development, a coal-fired power plant in Meigs County, Ohio. The project ceased after construction cost estimates rose about 37 percent during the preceding six months. AMP spent about $200 million on developing the plant, and Martinsville’s share was estimated at about $2.08 million, officials have said. Martinsville now has two options, according to officials. One is fully pulling out of its commitment to buy the power that the Meigs plant would have generated. The city would pay AMP the $2.08 million, or what it has not paid already, over a 10- to 15-year period, officials have said. The other option for the city is participating in future AMP projects. Councilman Danny Turner said he wants AMP to account for how the $200 million was spent," Mickey Powell, Martinsville Bulletin.

PAINESVILLE -- AMPGATE, "The contract states that even if a super majority of the participants want to cancel the project AMP-OHIO is entitled to be compensated for money they have spent. At this time they claim to have spent 200 million dollars and Painesvilles share of this would be close to 3.3 million," What's Happening Painesville blog.

Jan 11: Adviser: City needs AMP cost report

MARTINSVILLE, VA -- "A financial expert says Martinsville and other American Municipal Power (AMP) member localities should insist that the organization provide a full accounting of their costs toward a power plant project that recently was halted. Martinsville’s prorated share of the coal-fired plant project in Meigs County, Ohio, has been estimated at $2.08 million. Thomas Sanzillo, a former acting New York state comptroller who now is a financial adviser, said the city now should get a breakdown of that money... Sanzillo said he examined a contract between AMP and member localities pertaining to the project at the request of Ohio Citizen Action, a consumer advocacy organization," Mickey Powell, Martinsville Bulletin.

Jan 4: No new coal plants started in 2009

HUNTINGTON, NY -- "No new coal plants broke ground in 2009, a result of a combination of widespread public opposition, rising costs, increasing financial risks and concerns over future carbon regulations. In 2009 twenty-six coal-fired power plants - which would have emitted 146 million tons of carbon dioxide annually - were defeated or abandoned, the largest number of new coal plants defeated since the coal rush began in 2001. This progress opens the way for a transition to a clean energy economy, including a 22.5% increase in electricity generated from wind between 2008 and 2009," Sustainable Business. Published December 23.

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Congratulations to all:
Ohio Citizen Action members wrote 12,905 personal letters urging AMP to cancel the proposed plant in Meigs County.
5,692 ratepayers in AMP communities signed petitions opposing the plant.

592 ratepayers in AMP communities wrote personal letters to their local council members telling them why they don't want to build this coal plant

2,776 taxpayers wrote to Rep. Vernon Sykes, Finance and Appropriations Committee Chairman, opposing AMP-Ohio's coal plant from receiving any future subsidies from the state of Ohio