New CCGT for Illinois with H2 fuel blend

Illinois EPA Issues Permit for New 1.1-GW Gas-Fired Facility

EmberClear, an energy company with offices in Houston, Texas, and Moosic, Pennsylvania, is behind the $1 billion project, which will be located near Pawnee in Sangamon County. The Lincoln Land Energy Center will be built on 160 acres and is expected to enter commercial operation in 2025.

EmberClear’s partners in the project include Siemens Energy, Siemens Financial Services, and BDC (Bechtel) Power Holdings, LLC. The plant will feature Siemens’ turbine technology, initially enabling the use of a fuel blend using 30% hydrogen, eventually rising to 100% hydrogen during the lifetime of the facility, according to EmberClear. The company said the technology means the plant “can transition from a baseload unit using natural gas to a storage facility using hydrogen created from renewables in the future. There will be no stranded assets.”

ohn Kinnamon, vice president Midwest for EmberClear, has said the project will have “unparalleled access to the most robust gas transmission systems in MISO Zone 4,” which will make the power plant “among the most competitive natural gas combined cycle projects yet conceived.” MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator) Zone 4 includes most of Illinois.

The plant will source natural gas from the nearby Panhandle Eastern and Rockies Express pipelines. Kinnamon has said that “The $1 billion investment [in the plant] will reinvigorate the trade labor and tax base for many years to come.”…