LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The fate of the Lordstown Energy Center is now in the hands of the Ohio Power Siting Board.
On Tuesday evening, approximately 100 people showed up for the final public meeting on the proposed power plant. The next step is a hearing in Columbus on Aug. 10.
After that, a decision could come within a couple months, which would line up with plans to break ground in September. Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill said everyone he has talked to supports the project. The only concern is making sure the company keeps its word.
“There is some people that have said ‘well, what happens if they don’t live up to the agreement? Well, I have got full faith that they are. I have talked to two other communities and they said they have been great to work with. So they do have a track record and it’s all positive,” Hill said.
Clean Energy Future has promised to pay the Lordstown Local School District almost $13 million over 18 years. The district will get $500,000 a year during construction and then $1 million a year for five years, $1.25 million a year for five years and $1.5 million a year for five years.
Anyone who missed the meeting can still submit comments in writing to the board.