The coal industry in Ohio and Oklahoma is bracing for a major shift in its coal fleet.
As coal plants close in the Midwest and are replaced by cleaner gas and renewable energy, coal plants across the country will need new coal-fired power plants to help offset the carbon emissions from their operations.
But a new report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the state is in the process of constructing the largest and most powerful coal-powered plant in the country.
In a release on Tuesday, Ohio DEP said the $3.5 billion Power Plant East project would be located near Cleveland in the town of Akron.
The project will be built at a cost of $1.5B, with the first unit of the facility to be completed in 2020.
The facility, which will be owned by the Ohio Valley Authority, will have enough capacity to produce 1,200 megawatts of electricity.
The plant will provide nearly 9 million megawatt hours of electricity a year.
It will be one of the largest coal-based power plants in the world, DEP officials said in a statement.
The company will also have an energy storage system, which can store energy in the form of liquid fuel.
The Ohio Power Authority has purchased and is installing a 1.2 million-gallon tank of liquid hydrogen at the site to store electricity generated by the plant.
The company said the project will have a capacity of more than 9 million Megawatt Hours of electricity per year.
The project will also create nearly 1,000 construction jobs and approximately 8,000 full-time jobs, the company said.
Construction of the project is expected to be complete by 2021, and the state expects to be able to fully operate the facility in 2021.