State OKs plan for Lordstown power plant

Lordstown Village Council to vote on power plant
Lordstown Village Council to vote on power plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Thursday, the Ohio Power Siting Board approved Clean Energy Future’s plan to construct an 800-megawatt natural gas-fired combined-cycle generation facility, the Tribune Chronicle has reported.

The Lordstown Energy Center will be located on a 17-acre parcel in the Lordstown Industrial Park, east of State Route 45 and south of Henn Parkway. Clean Energy Future expects the plant to be in operation by May 2018 and generate 1,026 related jobs in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

At a public meeting about the plant in Late July, 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.

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