A $450 million state-of-the-art power plant could be headed to Oakwood Hills, potentially bringing millions of dollars into the small village but also raising concerns about a variety of issues.
The 430-megawatt, natural gas plant would be located along Valley View Road near the village hall. The plant would be a load-following power plant, meaning the electricity it provides would fluctuate with the demand. Plant operations will require roughly 1.5 million gallons of water a day, concerning some residents and local leaders.
In short order, hundreds have protested the proposed plant. Resident after resident referenced the village’s own code that outlines environmental protections, property value and resident protections that they argued would be violated if the village approved the project.
Here is an archive of Northwest Herald stories, editorials and letters to the editor on the project.
Northwest Herald articles:
July 12, 2014: Oakwood Hills could get power plant
July 14, 2014: Opposition grows for Oakwood Hills power plant
July 25, 2014: Hundreds turn out against Oakwood Hills power plant
July 29, 2014: Proposed power plant developers want more time
Aug. 2, 2014: Oakwood Hills suspends public business over threats
Letters to the editor:
July 19, 2014: Power plant devalues
July 22, 2014: Power plant not welcomed
Aug. 4, 2014: Power plant questions
Aug. 6, 2014: Power plant nightmare
Northwest Herald editorial
July 20, 2014: Our View: Power plant concerns should be addressed
Aug. 4, 2014: Our View: Smart to slow down on power plant proposal