The Springfield City Council has given its ok to a new natural gas power plant near Pawnee. EmberClear is demanding Enterprise Zone status for the proposed one billion dollar facility. Brad Schaive (shy-vee) with Laborers Local 477 says the estimated 500 to 800 construction jobs the plant would bring are crucial because there is still an economic hangover from the state budget crisis, even though lawmakers reached a deal.
EmberClear still needs state approval before construction can begin. That is at least four years away.