It was “chamber of commerce” weather on Thursday, Oct. 17 as the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) celebrated 15 years of its Sylacauga Plant with AMEA Members and other key stakeholders. Those in attendance enjoyed a barbecue lunch and tours of the plant.
In 2004, AMEA became the first organization in Alabama in more than 80 years to build a municipally-owned power generation plant.
The AMEA-Sylacauga Plant, owned collectively by AMEA’s 11 municipal electric systems, uti- lizes two GE LM 6000 natural gas, combustion turbine generating units. Together they can gen- erate 95,000 kilowatts. The aircraft version of the engine drives commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400.
AMEA, a joint action agency formed in 1981, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve approximately 350,000 customers in the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.