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Grundy County is a center of power

Competitive Power Ventures intends to build a nearly $1 billion, privately-funded, state-of-the-art electric generating facility in the Three Rivers area of Grundy County.
Competitive Power Ventures intends to build a nearly $1 billion, privately-funded, state-of-the-art electric generating facility in the Three Rivers area of Grundy County.

GRUNDY COUNTY - Nancy Norton, president and CEO of Grundy Economic Development Council said she looks forward to the day that Grundy County adds solar power to its list of power coming from the county.

"We just had another solar company contact us today," Norton said. "On top of the ones that have already contacted us."

According to the U. S. Energy Information Administration 2010, Illinois leads all of the states in nuclear power capacity and electricity generation, accounting for 10 percent of the national total.

Norton said she is happy to see Competitive Power Ventures ,which announced in January 2016 its intention to open a state-of-the-art electric generating facility in the Three Rivers area of unincorporated Grundy County is moving forward and is waiting IEAP approval and has applied for a permit with the county last she heard.

The CPV Three Rivers Energy Center is a nearly $1 billion privately funded project designed to meet the future electricity demands of Illinois. The 1,100-megawatt natural gas-powered 2-by-1 combined cycle facility will provide enough electricity to power about 1.1 million homes.

While nuclear power provides almost half of the power in Illinois, including 49.2 percent share at more than 95 million megawatt hours in 2009. The three plants in and near Grundy County represented nearly 55.7 percent of the total Illinois nuclear energy from 2009, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Those plants being Dresden Generation Station, as well as Braidwood and LaSalle Generating stations.

Grundy also is home to wind energy that spans Grundy, Livingston and LaSalle with Horizon Wind Energy Top Crop I Wind Farm that has 68 GE 1.5 MW Turbines, which provides enough power for 28,000 homes and was contracted to sell to Commonwealth Edison in 2012.

Horizon Wind Energy Top Crop II Wind Farm is located wholly in Grundy County and has 132 GE 1.5 MW turbines that provide enough power for 54,000 homes.

The county is also home to natural gas processing with Aux Sable Liquid Products which is capable of processing 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas according to literature provided by the GEDC.

Norton said solar power is just one more step she'd like to see added to the county.

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