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New clean energy power plant could come to Oregon

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It is just an open field now, but this land could become home to a clean energy grant and hundreds of local jobs. It is just an open field now, but this land could become home to a clean energy grant and hundreds of local jobs.
The proposed power plant location is near the intersection of Lallendorf and York. The proposed power plant location is near the intersection of Lallendorf and York.
OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A new power plant proposal in Oregon is up in the air. If approved, the plant would be built on North Lallendorf Road east of the intersection with York Street.

If built, the plant would sit on 30 acres of land and burn natural gas instead of coal.

"Oregon is excited that we are well into the development process of what is called the Oregon Clean Energy Project," said Michael Beazley, a city administrator.

Clean energy is the goal of the proposed 800 megawatt electric power plant.

"It's about a $800 million project, and that's among the largest, newest, industrial project in northwest Ohio in a generation," said Beazley.

According to Beazley, this is a great project for the city of Oregon because it will impact the local economy tremendously.

"Ultimately, we want to make sure we have places for our residents - and people across the region - to work so the greatest value is the jobs that it creates," explained Beazley.

Hundreds of people will be put to work during the construction phase, says Beazley. However, there will only be a need for about a dozen people to operate the plant because of its new, efficient system of burning natural gas. 

"It's the same natural gas we use to heat our homes. It's a clean facility and it does not have sufficient emissions challenges," said Beazley.

Currently, developers of the project are working through the permitting phase, but Beazley says that process is nearing completion.

Oregon Clean Energy plans to begin construction by the end of this summer and wrap up by May 2016.

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