Florida-based NTE Energy received approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board to build a 525-megawatt natural gas-fired combined-cycle generation plant in Middletown, Ohio,Gongwer reports. The company has plans to begin construction in the second quarter of 2015 for the plant, which will be located “on a 46-acre parcel immediately south of AK Steel facility.” NTE said the plant “would help respond to utilities’ plans to deactivate more than 10,000 MW of coal-fired generation in the PJM region by 2015.” The company’s application also cited “additional energy demand resulting from residential load growth in southwestern Ohio” as support for the new plant. NTE “plans to use technology designed to capture exhaust heat from a combustion turbine and use it in a steam cycle” to allow it to generate low-cost power while producing “up to 60% less emissions than older conventional power plants.” The company estimates the plant construction will create 300 to 400 jobs, and once complete, will employ 25 to 30 permanent workers.