May 08, 2016
Invenergy’s Nelson Energy Center Wins Annual EDIE Award for Top Energy Project in Illinois
CHICAGO (May 9, 2016) – Invenergy LLC (“Invenergy”), North America's largest independent renewable power generation company, received the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 EDIE Award for Top Energy Project in the state. Invenergy received the award for its Nelson Energy Center (NEC) located in Lee County, Illinois. The EDIE Awards are given annually by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to recognize those who imagine, design, invest, build and bring jobs, growth and prosperity to Illinois communities. Invenergy will be presented with the award at a ceremony next month.
“We are honored to be recognized by the Chamber for our commitment to the great state of Illinois,” said Alex George, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Operating Business Unit at Invenergy. “As a Chicago-based company, we are proud to support the Illinois communities in which we operate, both economically and civically.”
Invenergy’s Nelson Energy Center is a 580 MW natural gas fired combined-cycle power plant that has been in operation since 2015. Since its inception, the NEC has delivered a substantial economic impact to the state of Illinois, including the creation of more than 350 jobs during the construction phase and 24 full-time jobs post construction. Over the next ten years, the local community will see at least $6.5 million of additional property taxes, in addition to millions of dollars contributed to local businesses. The NEC has also invested in its community through donations to schools, first responders and veterans’ organizations.
At a regional level, the NEC produces enough electricity to power more than 640,000 homes. The power from the plant is sold into the PJM Interconnection wholesale market, which stretches from Illinois to the eastern seaboard and serves 61 million customers. The Nelson Energy Center is one of a growing number of natural gas-fired plants which use abundant, reliable, domestically sourced natural gas to produce electricity. These plants lower overall costs to homes and businesses, which ultimately supports the continued economic growth of our communities. In addition, the technology employed by NEC is designed to maximize flexibility and efficiency, which supports the continued integration of renewable energy into the electric grid.
Invenergy is delivering innovation in energy. Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, and Europe. Invenergy's home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe.
Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 13,719 MW of projects that are in operation, construction or advanced development, including wind, solar, natural gas-fueled power generation and energy storage projects. For more information, please visit www.invenergyllc.com.
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