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Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 12:58 am

EmberClear plant on hold in Pennsylvania

Company wants plant in Pawnee

A Texas-based development company that this week won tax incentives from the Springfield City Council to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Pawnee has put a planned Pennsylvania plant on hold.

It's not clear why EmberClear has stopped development on the $300 million Pennsylvania plant, which would cost substantially less than the $1 billion facility proposed for Pawnee. After confirming that the project was on hold, a company official would not give the Republican-Herald newspaper, which is based in Pottsville, Penn., any details, saying that he was in the midst of an important meeting.

As in Sangamon County, local officials in Pennsylvania had green-lighted the EmberClear project. Officials in Pennsylvania granted a permit in 2009. One local official told the Republican-Herald that he hadn't heard anything about the project for several months.

EmberClear, which was founded in 2010 and emerged from bankruptcy last year, has proposed several power plants in the United States, but none have been built. The company had entered a partnership with a company that owns and manages a dozen plants to complete development of the Pennsylvania plant, according to the Republican-Herald.

Contact Bruce Rushton at brushton@illinoistimes.com.

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