Power Ventures Group LLC is nearing an air construction permit for a power plant located near the town of Garden Prairie in Boone County, Ill., that would have 12 natural gas-fired engines generating up to 112 MW of electricity.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comment on the draft permit until April 13. “This facility would be developed as a source of reserve power for operators of wind turbine power plants, to enable them to meet contractual obligations during periods of low or variable winds,” said an Illinois EPA notice. “This facility would also be able to function as a peaking station, to generate electricity in the peak demand periods, and at other times when other power plants are not available due to scheduled or unexpected outages.”
This proposed facility will not be a major project for purposes of the federal rules for Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) because the potential emissions of pollutants, other than greenhouse gases, from the facility will be less than 250 tons per year for each applicable New Source Review pollutant. Emissions of greenhouse gases will be less than 100,000 tons per year, so PSD will not apply to this pollutant.