Old Dominion Electric Cooperative this week applied to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct a natural gas power plant in Cecil County, Maryland. The project, named Wildcat Point Generation Facility, was first announced in April.
The filing comes the same week the Cecil County Council unanimously adopted a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, or PILOT, for Wildcat Point that would yield the county $124.2 million through 2051.
Wildcat Point would be built five miles west of the town of Rising Sun adjacent to the Rock Springs Generation Facility, which ODEC constructed and which became operational in 2003. It would generate about 1,000 MW of power, enough to serve 390,000 homes annually.
ODEC experienced more than 26 percent growth in electricity sales over the last 10 years and expects additional growth over the next decade. Wildcat Point would provide ODEC’s 11 member distribution cooperatives a new source of reliable electricity, including 52,000 members on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.