Review: Oakwood Hills and a potential power plant

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 24, 2014:   District 46 school board raises concerns over proposed Oakwood Hills power plant

July 25, 2014:  Hundreds turn out against Oakwood Hills power plant

July 26, 2014:    Tax revenue diminished, but Minooka residents untroubled by plant similar to Oakwood Hills proposal

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

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