About Us

The Oregon Clean Energy Center (OCEC) is the newest most efficient state-of-the-art combined cycle privately funded gas turbine energy plant built in Ohio since the early 2000s. The Oregon Clean Energy Center (OCEC) is a combined cycle natural gas-fired generation facility located in Oregon, Ohio. The facility has 870 MW of demonstrated capacity with planned uprates bringing total capacity to 908 MW. The facility can reliably produce low-cost electricity for more than 700,000 homes.

History

The Oregon Clean Energy Center (OCE) was developed and financed in direct response to Ohio’s commitment to a deregulated environment in which power is competitively priced on the open market. As a result of energy market dynamics and Ohio’s abundant, clean, natural gas, OCE’s private investors committed more than $800 million to construct the center, predicated on their long-term confidence in Ohio’s competitive electric market.

Located in the City of Oregon, Lucas Co., facility obtained permits from the Ohio Power Siting Board on May 1, 2013, received strong support from the community, and began construction in November 2014. During construction, the peak workforce reached 950 people, including a majority union workers, accounting for more than 2.7 million labor hours. The plant was built with over 25,000 cubic yards of concrete, over 3,700 tons of structural steel and began commercial operation on July 1, 2017.

Over the course of the plant’s first 20 years of operations, the OCE will contribute hundreds of millions to Ohio’s economy. The plant will also generate millions of dollars in new tax revenue for local schools and City of Oregon.

In addition to strengthening the local economy, OCE proudly produces clean electricity as power generated from natural gas combined-cycle plants creates 50 percent less CO2  and 90 percent less NOx and SOx emissions than the same amount of electricity made from coal. In fact, natural gas power generation has been a driving factor in reducing carbon emissions to the lowest levels since 1992.

The OCE can power more than 700,000 homes and will provide Ohio with affordable, clean and reliable electricity for decades to come.

Testimonials

“The Oregon Clean Energy Center is a tremendous asset to the region. There have been hundreds of local workers out at the plant, safely bringing low-cost, clean burning electric generation to Ohioans and it will do so for years to come.”

— State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon)
“The City of Oregon is proud to be home to the Oregon Clean Energy Center. This facility serves as a monument to the hard work and collaboration of the investors, developers, state and local government leaders, and the thousands of area residents that helped to build it. It puts people to work while producing lower priced electrical power for Ohio businesses and homes for decades to come.”

— Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley

Contact

Oregon Clean Energy Center
816 N. Lallendorf Road, Oregon, Ohio