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Lincoln Land Energy Center

“The unparalleled access to the most robust gas transmission systems in MISO ZONE-4 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 is developing Lincoln Land, a 1,080 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility (NGCC) located near Pawnee in Sangamon County, Illinois, approximately 20 miles south of the state capital, Springfield. Siemens Energy, Siemens Financial Services, and BDC (Bechtel) Power Holdings, LLC are committed partners with EmberClear to finance, construct, and build the Lincoln Land Clean Energy Center.

The anticipated 2023 capacity shortage in MISO Zone-4 is up to 2.8 GW. Coal represents 60% capacity and 77% generation in MISO Zone-4. The newly enacted coal ash regulation (Senate Bill 9) precipitated 2,700 MW announced retirements and 3,500 MW projected retirements in Zone-4. Retiring coal and limited development of baseload power are foreseen to lead to supply constraints, rendering Lincoln Land, the only gas-fired project, a crucial base load resource in MISO Zone-4.

The project will be constructed one-half mile south of the Village of Pawnee on a 160-acre tract of land zoned for industrial use and located immediately adjacent to the newly constructed Illinois Rivers transmission substation. 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 is next to the new substation and 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 with its project construction company to use the uniquely qualified labor and trades community in Central Illinois.

The project already meets the requirements of NPDES, industrial zone, and enterprise zone. The air permit to construct is expected to be in place by Q2-2020. The project maintains queue position J955 in MISO Zone-4.

The projected construction start is anticipated to be in Q4 2020, with projected commercial operations in 2023. The project is expected to bring a $1.0 billion investment in Central Illinois and create approximately 400 – 800 construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs.

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