Ohio Valley Electric Corporation
The Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) is a company jointly owned by several parent electrical utilities. It is headquartered in Piketon, Ohio. OVEC and its wholly owned subsidiary, Indiana-Kentucky Electrical Corporation (IKEC), own and operate two coal-fired electrical generating plants. They are the Kyger Creek Power Plant, located near Gallipolis, Ohio, and the Clifty Creek Power Plant near Madison, Indiana.
Toxic Waste Controversy
In May 2013, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst revealed that as of 2009, OVEC was the worst water polluter in the United States. The toxic hazard of the pollution caused by OVEC was estimated to be almost double that of the next worst polluter. In 2009, OVEC directly released 40,000 pounds of toxic waste into surface water without treatment.
In 1952, in order to fulfill the tremendous electrical needs of an atomic enrichment plant the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission was building in Piketon, Ohio, several investor-owned electrical utilities jointly formed two new energy companies—the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and the Indiana-Kentucky Electrical Company (IKEC). Each new company built a coal-fired electrical generating plant, the Kyger Creek Power Plant near Gallipolis, Ohio, and the Clifty Creek Power Plant near Madison, Indiana. The Clifty Creek Plant had a generating capacity of 1,303,560 kilowatts, and the Kyger Creek Plant had a generating capacity of 1,086,300 kilowatts. The plants were also connected to the electrical transmission network (the "grid") providing for sales of excess and the purchase of additional power. Both plants began producing electricity in 1955.
As the need for electrical power for the atomic plant declined, electrical output from these plants was diverted to domestic use and, in 2003, the affiliation with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) was terminated. The two "sister companies" have merged, with IKEC becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of OVEC, now headquartered in Piketon, Ohio.
The current shareholders of OVEC are:
- Allegheny Energy
- American Electric Power
- Buckeye Power Generating
- Columbus Southern Power Company
- The Dayton Power and Light Company
- Duke Energy Ohio, then Cincinnati Gas & Electric
- Kentucky Utilities
- Louisville Gas & Electric
- Ohio Edison
- Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company
- Peninsula Generating Cooperative
American Electric Power Company owns Columbus Southern Power Company and is by far the largest stockholder.