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Proposed Power Plant Sites

Updated 7/4/01
Click Here!  IL Passes $3.5B Handout for Dirty Coal Plants

Partial listing of only the W&W Region
Click Here! Libertyville, Mallory
Referendum
Click Here! Moraine Hills State Park, 
Holliday Hills
Click Here! Zion 1 Click Here! Zion 2
Click Here! North Chicago Click Here! Woodstock, Pleasant Valley Click Here! Your Town? Click Here! Your Town?

Other IL Regions: Aurora
Fermilab UsersWarrenville
near Fermilab 
Butterfield & Eola
CAPPRA870 MW
Fermilab UsersDuPage Airport
near Fermilab
Defeated - for now!
800 MW
Fermilab UsersWest Chicago
near Fermilab
Defeated - for now!
300 MW
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Alternatives
Click Here! Efficiency Click Here! Solar Power Click Here! Local Wind Projects Coming!! Wind Power Click Here! Microturbines
Click Here! Information relevant to all powerplant sites.
Click Here!The Truth About Ozone.

There were proposals from 30 companies for new power plants with a total of 100 turbines, totaling over 16,000 MW (the Zion nukes were 2,000 MW) of new generating capacity as of December 1, 1999 in Illinois. As of January 11, 2000 there are 40 companies. We are working against the clock to get the legislature to address the need for regional planning and siting. We need you to call your legislator and ask for Illinois EPA to play a greater role. We think that

Electricity generation accounts for half of the air pollution in Illinois, and most of it is unnecessary. Coal fired plants, with their grandfathered exemptions to the Clean Air Act, are still polluting nearly three decades later, and are the major culprits. But even if they continue to flout our environmental laws, there is much we can do to reduce the pollution they generate. We waste much of the energy generated, and upgrading our major appliances (air conditioners, refrigerators, etc.) could cut this, our electric bills, and the associated pollution, by at least 25%. Since electric utilities deregulated in Illinois, we've helped fight for and win programs to encourage and fund conservation and efficiency (including $250M from ComEd in 1999!). Efficiency measures alone could easily erase the "need" cited by the companies proposing to build new powerplants in our region. You can do it yourself, right away, and it will save you money. Discover which local retailers are participating in EPA's Energy Star program, and how the program even provides attractive financing for heating and cooling systems.
 
 
To find out exactly who your federal and state representatives are, and how to reach them, click the logo, and then enter your Zip+4 code. Project Vote Smart

Gas Turbine Power Plants are similar in many ways, but there are important variations. Peakers must start quickly, and rely on a "simple cycle" jet engine and turbine to drive a generator. They throw away about 2/3 of the energy from the fuel right out the stack as super hot exhaust plume. Instead of throwing that energy away, "combined cycle" plants add an additional steam turbine/generator that uses the hot exhaust to boil water into steam. This roughy doubles the energy efficiency, and only 1/3 of the energy is wasted. However, the steam cycle requires huge quantities of water. Operations of gas turbine facilities by other companies has revealed that the simple cycle part of a combined cycle facility can be operated alone as a peaker, with the secondary steam cycle operating when longer startup times are scheduled, and this is the typical startup routine for a such a plant. There are several other options for putting the exhaust heat to use, particularly if the power plant is located near other industrial processes that require heat. It can even be used to provide cooling through a curious absorptive cycle! Few of these are viable when the power plant is sited in rural open space.

Groundwater Management Bill Introduced By Rep. Jack FranksRep. Jack FranksThanks to the outcry of activists on this issue, the work of Lake County Board member Bonnie Carter, and the County Board Resolution (next item), Rep. Franks has introduced legislation to deal with our limited ancient groundwater resource. It gives power to regulate use of groundwater to select Counties. Please call Rep. Franks and thank him for introducing this bill on 1/13/000: 815-334-0063 (click the logo for other ways to contact him). This bill died in committee.
Project Vote SmartA bill to study the problem was introduced in the Senate by Klemm, SB1672 , and now sponsored in the House by Andrea Moore. Please ask your state Senator to support this bill.

Lake County Board Resolution W&W is proud of the County Board for unanimously passing this resolution asking the IEPA to delay action on all pending peaker plant permits until appropriate guidelines can be established.

Microturbines These miniature peaker power plants are the size of a broom closet, and designed to be the primary source of electricity for large stores or businesses. They could be a better solution, or they could be worse, but they are coming to a location near you in 2000.

Increased Exposure to Pollutant Aerosols Under High Voltage Powerlines
A. P. Fews, D. L. Henshaw, P. A. Keitch, J. J. Close and R. J. Wilding:
International Journal of Radiation Biology, Vol. 75, no. 12, pages 1505-1521, 1999.
Powerlines produce corona ions that attach to pollutants and cause a 1.5 to 3 times increased deposition of pollutants on the body. This would apply to the pollutants generated by the plant if the plume mingles with the corona ion stream. Since the stacks are near transmission wire height, this is likely. (Posted globally on 12/8/99.)

IL EPA and Gas Power Plant Siting
Open letter from W&W to IL Representatives on the need to regulate siting of these plants.

Sierra Club Policy
Sierra Club has had electric powerplant siting policy since 1978, and it addresses the heart of the issues we are now facing with every proposed plant.

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