Bioenergy

Jo-Carroll Energy Plans Renewable Energy Plant

Jo-Carroll Energy announced plans to build an 80 megawatt (MW), biomass-fueled, renewable energy center. According to the cooperative, the project would be the first of its kind in the state of Illinois.

Various types of renewable biomass, such as clean waste wood, corn stover and switchgrass, will fuel the plant. By using fuel stocks that were once living plants removing carbon dioxide from the air, the facility will have a much smaller carbon footprint than traditional power plants. The plant will only accept clean biomass, eliminating the potential for emissions of mercury, sulfur dioxide and other harmful compounds.

The largest unresolved question is the funding package for the project.

“We are exploring every possible funding scenario for the plant,” Jo-Carroll Energy President and CEO Michael Hastings said. “[An] important component of the funding package will be various economic development and renewable energy incentives offered by local, state and federal agencies. We will work closely with officials from all of these organizations to aggressively pursue grants and other financial incentives that are essential to make a project of this magnitude become a reality.”

Jo-Carroll Energy Chairman of the Board Joe Mattingley added, “As a not-for-profit cooperative, our objective is to enhance the quality of life in our region through safe and reliable service at the lowest practical cost.”