Half of Ohio city’s energy to come from water as plant opens

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio city expects to produce nearly half its energy this year using hydroelectricity, now that a $685 million hydroelectric plant about 30 miles southeast of Cincinnati has become fully operational.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1O68Xnw ) reports the 105-megawatt Meldahl Hydroelectric Facility at the Capt. Anthony Meldahl Locks and Dam on the Ohio river has been operating for more than two weeks.

The newspaper says the city of Hamilton expects 49.2 percent of its energy portfolio to come from either buying or creating hydroelectric power this year.

The city produced about 35 percent of its power through hydroelectricity in 2003, and less than 30 percent in 2015.

Hamilton estimates that nearly 17 percent of its power will come from natural gas this year, and more than 30 percent from coal.


Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront