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Lordstown power plant is a step closer; deal will help schools
After the first proposed site for the plant was rejected by the village council last year, a search was undertaken for a new location
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Lordstown officials say they have finally found a site to build an $800 million natural-gas-fired power plant. Village Mayor Arno Hill announced that talks are under way for a location in the Lordstown Industrial park.

The village northwest of Youngstown is granting the plant a 15-year tax abatement. But Hill says while that is in effect, the operator -- Clean Energy Future, LLC -- will make direct cash payments to the Lordstown school dDistrict.

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“Once the plant is up and running, they’ll be breaking it down into three five-year bundles. And then in the first five years, they’ll get X, and in the second five years Y, and in the third five years Z.  Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill And I believe in the first five years they’ll get a check for a million bucks.” 

Hill says the influx of cash for the schools is timely because the system was projecting a budget deficit in 2015. The plant will sell the electricity it produces on the open market. Planners expect construction to be done in 2018.

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