Turner Celebrates Jobs and Economic Growth in Central Illinois with New Pawnee-Based Natural Gas Power Plant
SPRING FIELD – State Senator Doris Turner celebrates $1.5 billion in economic development and 700 jobs in central Illinois as Illinois EPA gives green light to build new natural gas-fired power plant in Pawnee.
“Lincoln Land Energy Center will create well-paying jobs right in our backyards,” Turner (D-Springfield) said. “When we look at the area of businesses we hope to move to central Illinois, those that will positively contribute to our society are at the top of the list – and that’s an attribute of EmberClear’s Lincoln Land Energy Center.”
EmberClear is developing the Lincoln Land Energy Center, a natural gas-fired power plant about half a mile south of the village of Pawnee on 160 acres of land. The project location is adjacent to the new Austin substation and minimizes air transmission and line of sight issues. The Illinois EPA backed the project, saying it will comply with state and federal air control regulations.
Throughout construction, IEPA predicts construction will generate $1.5 billion in economic development and 700 jobs – with 35 permanent jobs at the site when complete. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1 billion, and the plant will be built and operated exclusively by unions.
“Lincoln Land Energy Center is an investment not only in our state, but also in our community and our families,” Turner said. “I remain steadfast in my commitment to fight to find ways to modernize the central Illinois economy and secure the jobs our communities have long demanded.”