By DAN SHINGLER
Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. has found a new market for huge amounts of industrial-scale electricity among the natural gas processing plants that are springing up in eastern Ohio.
With some plants reportedly spending millions of dollars on electricity per month, it’s little wonder the utility is hopeful and willing to invest.
“These plants can typically pull a peak demand of 20 to 89 megawatts a month,” said Randall Frame, FirstEnergy’s regional president of its Ohio Edison subsidiary.
If that sounds like a lot of power, it is.
“An 80-megawatt load is equivalent to about 40,000 homes,” Frame added.
To put that in perspective, there were fewer than 30,000 households in the city of Canton at the time of the 2010 U.S. census.