Lincoln Land

“The unparalleled access to the most robust gas transmission system in North America makes the Lincoln Land Energy Center among the most competitive Natural Gas Combined Cycle projects yet conceived. The $1 Billion investment will reinvigorate the trade labor and tax base for many years to come.”


John Kinnamon, VP Midwest, EmberClear


EmberClear has recently entered into a strategic agreement with Siemens to support its development efforts. Siemens will be supplying a new generation of HJ Class natural gas-fired combined cycle (NGCC) machines. EmberClear intends to develop a 1,050 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle facility (NGCC) located near Pawnee in Sangamon County, Illinois, approximately 20 miles south of the State Capital, Springfield.

The project will be constructed one-half mile south of the Village of Pawnee on an 80-acre tract of land zoned for industrial use and located immediately adjacent to the newly constructed Illinois Rivers transmission substation. The $1.4 billion Illinois Rivers transmission line started construction in September 2014 and is anticipated to be completed in early 2018. Ameren Transmission Co. has invested over $1.5 billion in the development of a 345 kV electric transmission line known as the Illinois Rivers Project to bolster needed improvements to the power grid and to assure long-term reliability. The project location next to the new substation eliminates aerial transmission and viewshed concerns.

The project shall purchase water and backup water supplies from the City of Springfield and the Otter Lake Water Commission via the Village of Pawnee. The discharge from the plant will be sent to a nearby sewage treatment facility owned and operated by the Village of Pawnee.

The unparalleled access to the natural gas transmission makes this project uniquely positioned to produce among the lowest cost power in the Midwest. The Panhandle Eastern and Rockies Express transmission pipelines are located approximately 3 miles to the north and will be accessed along Sangamon County Highway 28.

Lincoln Land has solicited and received organized labor support and shall facilitate a Project Labor Agreement with its project construction company to use the uniquely qualified labor and trades community in Central Illinois.

The Air Permit to construct and all other regulatory approvals are expected to be in place by Q3-2019. Again as in Harrison, Lincoln Land will employ the latest advanced turbine technology and benefit from best-in-class fuel efficiency.

The projected construction start is anticipated in Q4 2019 with projected commercial operations in 2022. The project is expected to bring a $1.0 Billion investment in Central Illinois and create approximately 400 – 800 construction and 30 permanent jobs.