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EmberClear announces partnership with Siemens USA for proposed Pawnee natural gas power plant

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October 26, 2017
Houston, Texas - EmberClear Corp. announced Monday a partnership with Siemens USA, who will be providing technical and financial assistance for a proposed $1 billion, natural gas power plant in Pawnee, Illinois. This 1,100 megawatt natural gas plant is estimated to create more than 500 construction jobs and 30 – 40 permanent positions for the area. 

“The partnership with Siemens USA is the culmination to the year-long project coordination with The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the village of Pawnee, the City of Springfield, Sangamon County, and the labor community to bring this $1 billion external investment to the area,” said John Kinnamon, Vice President Midwest of EmberClear.

“ We are pleased to be strategically involved in this project with EmberClear,” said John Gibson, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales North America at Siemens Power and Gas Division. “Our world-class power equipment will provide reliable, efficient and affordable energy to this great community and the region for many years to come.”

“We have been diligently working with EmberClear to bring this project to our community.” Said Chris Hembrough, President & CEO, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. “We were in competition with other communities for this project and through the collective efforts of our community we were able to land the backing of Siemens, a global powerhouse in the energy sector. This announcement sends a strong message that Springfield & Sangamon County are open for business.” 

"Siemens is well known and well respected as one of the world's leading industrial manufacturers,” said Andy Van Meter, Chairman, Sangamon County Board. “They bring tremendous financial resources and further credibility to this project. It sends a strong message when a company such as Siemens is willing to invest in a $1 billion project right here in Sangamon County." EmberClear received the Enterprise Zone designation from Sangamon County earlier this summer and from the City of Springfield last month. 

The leaders in the labor community played a positive role in helping gain community support. “LIUNA Local 477 is proud to be a partner in such an important project that will help fuel the economic engine of this community for many years to come.” Brad Schaive, Business Manager, Labors Local 477.

“This confidence vote, provided by both Sangamon County and the City of Springfield governments, helped solidify this capital investment,” Kinnamon stated.

“The collective effort of many individuals and organizations has moved us another step closer to a successful project,” said Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder. 

The next phase of the process is to finalize the Enterprise Zone designation by the State of Illinois, acquire proper permitting from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and secure a permit from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, (MISO). This is estimated to take anywhere from 18 to 24 months.   The objective is to break ground in Q4 2019 with completion in Q3 2022. 
 
About EmberClear Corp.
EmberClear develops natural gas based innovative energy projects in North America. The company has a good track record of working with local communities to create projects that will benefit the communities and the regions surrounding them. EmberClear is a privately-held company that has been in operation since 2003.
 
About Siemens America
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. 

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