A new natural gas-fueled power plant in Pawnee has been approved by the Illinois EPA. State Senator Doris Turner says that this will bring in $1.5 billion in economic development along with 700 jobs. EmberClear is developing the Lincoln Land Energy Center, which is a natural-gas fueled power plant about ½ mile south of the Village of Pawnee on 160 acres of land. The project location is next to the new Austin substation and minimizes aerial transmission and viewshed concerns. The Illinois EPA has backed the project saying that it will comply with all regulations. State Senator Turner says she’s proud to support the project.
The plant is expected to land 35 permanent jobs coming upon completion with a total cost of $1 billion.
The plant will be exclusively built and operated by union labor.