Environmental Risk Transfer Services Leader to Demolish Existing Power Plant,
Remediate Site and Redevelop Property in a Sustainable Manner
Charah Solutions’ Growing Environmental Risk Transfer Portfolio Proves Beneficial to
Utility Partners, Shareholders, Local Communities and the Environment
LOUISVILLE, KY (April 4, 2022) – Charah® Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CHRA) (“Charah Solutions”), a leading provider of environmental services and byproduct recycling to the power generation industry, today announced that it has completed the full acquisition of the Avon Lake Generating Station and adjacent property (“Avon Lake”) from GenOn and will begin environmental remediation and sustainable redevelopment of the property immediately. Avon Lake is a 627 MW coal-fired plant operated by GenOn located in Avon Lake, Ohio, 23 miles west of Cleveland along Lake Erie. The transaction was signed in May 2021, and the full acquisition was completed today, April 4, 2022.
As part of this agreement, Charah Solutions, through its subsidiary Avon Lake Environmental Redevelopment Group, LLC (“ALERG”), has acquired the 40-acre area located on Lake Erie, which consists of multiple parcels of land adjacent to the retired generating plant, including the generating station, submerged lands lease in Lake Erie, substation/switch gear and transformers, administrative offices and structures, coal rail and storage yard parcels south of Lake Road as well as the interconnection agreement. ALERG will be responsible for the shutdown and decommissioning of the coal power plant and performing all environmental remediation and redevelopment work at the site. The shutdown of the Avon Lake Generating Station provides a reduction of approximately half a million tons of CO2 per year from entering the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
ALERG has retained Avison Young to provide real estate advisory, development, and brokerage services to advise on the redevelopment of the property in an environmentally conscious manner and for the future sale of the remediated property. ALERG has also retained Gensler, a leading global architecture and planning group. Working with the City of Avon Lake, ALERG will position the property to expand economic activity and benefit the surrounding communities through job creation and enable this site to provide the best potential use for the community and City of Avon Lake moving forward. Avison Young, Gensler, ALERG, and the City of Avon Lake have been in the planning stages for the future use of the site for several months and narrowing in on the best use for the future of the property that benefits all members of the community, provides increased economic activity and jobs while sustainably remediating the site for the betterment of the environment.
“The closing of the power plant is an end of an era,” stated City of Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka. “The plant provided jobs for residents over a span of almost 100 years. The plant also provided revenue for the city and schools in order to fund city services and educate thousands of students. We are looking ahead to a new era, and the potential for a bright future is within our grasp. We will make the most of this opportunity.”
“The transformation of the former Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. offers the City of Avon Lake an historic opportunity to reclaim a strategic piece of its waterfront, giving its citizens access to a new public realm along the shoreline of Lake Erie and creating a platform for new development and growth,” said Gensler Principal and Board Director, Andre Brumfield. “Gensler has crafted a plan that respects and builds upon the heritage and identity of the power plant site while also looking distinctly forward to author a new vision for the city’s future.”
As a sustainability leader in utility services for over 30 years, Charah Solutions is dedicated to preserving natural resources in an environmentally conscious manner through environmental remediation and redevelopment projects such as this. Sustainability is a Charah Solutions core value, and Charah Solutions focuses its business on developing innovative solutions to complex environmental issues for the betterment of the planet, the communities in which it operates and its customers. Charah Solutions sustainability services reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease landfill disposal, remediate land for community and business use, conserve natural resources, and protect waterways. For more information regarding Charah Solutions’ commitment to sustainable practices, download our 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report at charah.com/sustainability.
According to Scott Sewell, Charah Solutions President and CEO, “Our Environmental Risk Transfer services provide a single-source answer for large-scale, complex environmental solutions for our utility partners. The Avon Lake project is another example of Charah Solutions providing a custom approach for these complex projects while sustainably remediating the site and redeveloping the property in an environmentally responsible manner that creates economic and environmental benefits for the entire community.”
Images Reference: These images represent possible future use scenarios of the property to benefit all members of the community, provide increased economic activity and jobs while sustainably remediating the site for the betterment of the environment. Multiple use scenarios are currently being considered.
About Charah Solutions, Inc.
With more than 30 years of experience, Charah Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of environmental services and byproduct recycling to the power generation industry. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Charah Solutions assists utilities and independent power producers with all aspects of sustainably managing and recycling ash byproducts generated from the combustion of coal in the production of electricity. Charah Solutions also designs and implements solutions for ash pond management and closure, landfill construction, structural fill projects, powerplant remediation, and site redevelopment. Charah Solutions is the partner of choice for solving customers’ most complex environmental challenges, and as an industry leader in quality, safety, and compliance, Charah Solutions is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for a cleaner energy future. For more information, please visit www.charah.com or download our 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report at charah.com/sustainability.
About the City of Avon Lake
Nestled along the shores of Lake Erie, Avon Lake is located in Northern Ohio, west of Cleveland. Our close proximity to the city gives residents convenient access to museums, professional sporting events, world-class theater and orchestra productions, and so much more. With a population of approximately 24,000, the City of Avon Lake amenities include a vibrant MetroPark, 220 additional acres of parklands, a public beach, 20 miles of bike trails, and a boat launch. Residents can also enjoy a municipal swimming pool, golf courses, tennis courts, youth sports, and adult sports.
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