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FIRST LOOK: Massive energy plant opens in Middletown

NTE Energy officially opened its $600 million Middletown Energy Center today.

NTE Energy’s new power plant near the intersection of Cincinnati-Dayton and Oxford State roads is part of a nationwide natural gas boom.

The facility will be able to generate 475 megawatts of electricity, enough energy for 400,000 homes, according to company officials.

MORE: Natural gas development in Butler County brings risks, rewards

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The Middletown Energy Center will be among the cleanest and most efficient natural gas fired power plants in the United States, company officials have said.

The plant not only uses natural gas to create energy, but also uses heat created by the power-generation process that otherwise would be wasted, officials have said. That heat will be harnessed to create steam, which drives a steam turbine, producing additional energy.

The project began construction in October 2015.

NTE Energy’s new power plant in Middletown near the intersection of Cincinnati-Dayton and Oxford State roads. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)
The Middletown Energy Center will be able to generate 475 megawatts of electricity, enough energy for 400,000 homes, according to the company. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)
NTE Energy is currently developing three other facilities in Texas, North Carolina and in South Carolina in addition to the Middletown Energy Center. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

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