SMITHTON, PA – Tenaska has engaged the services of a community relations representative, retired corporate manager Richard L. Mahla, to ensure Westmoreland County residents access to plans to develop and construct the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station.
As community relations representative, Mahla can be reached by phone at (724) 989-8638 and e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Tenaska is committed to open, two-way communication with the businesses and residents of Westmoreland County. One of the best ways to make that happen is to have a representative of Tenaska right here in South Huntingdon Township who’s only a local phone call and a few minutes away,” said Mike Roth, Tenaska development director.
Mahla retired in 2010 after a 31-year career with Dominion Peoples Gas in Pittsburgh, Pa., most recently as large volume key account manager. Before joining Dominion, he was plant manager for Cambria County Association for the Blind & Handicapped in Johnstown, Pa. Mahla is a former chairman of the Board of the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc., and former president of the Altoona Jaycees. He is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Jaycees Statesman Award, Key Man Award and Outstanding Jaycee Award.
“Tenaska understands that having a presence in the community is essential to building a good relationship with area residents, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to answer questions and provide information about this important economic asset to our county,” Mahla said.
Tenaska proposes to build a clean-burning natural gas-fueled electric generating station with a capacity of approximately 930 megawatts of electricity on a 400-acre site south of Interstate 70 between exits 49 and 51 in South Huntingdon Township.
The facility would connect to the PJM Interconnection regional transmission organization, which coordinates movement of power in all or parts of 13 regional states, including Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Construction and operation of the plant will be of significant economic benefit to Westmoreland County, boosting the economy with a total estimated construction cost exceeding $500 million. The project, currently projected to begin construction no sooner than 2013, will provide an average of approximately 300 jobs throughout construction and up to 30 permanent, well-paying jobs during operation, plus either more property tax revenue or significant in-lieu-of-taxes revenue to local governments.
Tenaska is one of the largest independent power producers in the United States. Forbes magazine ranks Tenaska 25th among the largest privately-held U.S. companies, based on 2010 revenues. Tenaska has developed approximately 9,000 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity across the United States. Tenaska affiliates currently operate and manage eight power plants totaling more than 6,700 MW that it owns in partnership with other companies. Tenaska is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, with offices in Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Tenaska affiliates also market natural gas, electric power and biofuels, with Tenaska’s natural gas marketing affiliate rated as one of the top 10 natural gas marketers in North America. Tenaska affiliates are also involved in private equity investment and acquisition management, fuel supply, natural gas exploration, production and transportation systems and electric transmission development. For more information about Tenaska, visit the company’s Web site at www.tenaska.com