Another email from the opponents of the power plant in Oakwood Hills. Read the comments under yesterday’s email. There’s some good information there.
To those that oppose the Oakwood Hills Power Plant:
We’re concerned about some comments made by the president of Oakwood Hills (Melanie Funk) in a recent Northwest Herald article. In this article, Mrs. Funk made the following comment:
“She said she did visit a similar power plant in Elgin, which has houses across the street, and a school and a protected fen nearby. Funk said she knocked on doors and spoke to residents who had no complaints about noises or smells, and took a tour of the plant.” – NW Herald
Her comments should make everyone very nervous about either her intentions, or her ability to properly evaluate the impacts of the power plant in Oakwood Hills.
Take a look at the below information about the Elgin and Minooka power plants, and tell us, are you comfortable with Melanie making the that statement in the NW Herald?
It is our opinion that the Elgin facility can’t be considered a “similar facility” to the proposed Oakwood Hills Power Plant. Its not good that the president of Oakwood Hills thinks this is a fair comparison. Please read the below and form your own opinion!
About The Elgin Power Plant:
Arial and street views:
- The plant in Elgin, Illinois is a a simple-cycle power plant, not a combined cycle plant like the Minooka and Oakwood Hills plants.
o A simple cycle power plant has a capacity around 10%, while a combined cycle plant around 80% capacity. This means the Oakwood Hills power plant can be expected to “run” 80% of the time, compared to a simple cycle at 10%. 10% capacity tells you one reason why some neighbors may not be too bothered by the facility in Elgin!
o Does not have a tall smoke stack like a combined cycle plant does.
o Does not create steam, thus minimizing plume cloud and any risks from gray water vaporization into the air.
o Elgin’s plant sits on on 27 acres (almost double the size of the land in Oakwood Hills at 13-14 acres)
o A simple cycle power plant like Elgin requires less equipment to operate than combined cycle plants (less of a physical footprint)
o Elgin’s location is in a highly industrial area
o Uses SIGNIFICANTLY less water, if any water at all. This is both from its simple cycle design and also because it runs so infrequently.
- Elgin’s power plant does have a neighborhood across the street, but…
o …the neighborhood was built after the power plant was in operation
o …at the time of the plant proposal, there wasn’t a single residence within 2,000 ft.
o …property values in the neighborhood across the street were established with the power plant already in operation, thus eliminating any immediate property value loss due to the plant.
- Elgin’s plant has as a school nearby, but…
o …the school is still 0.5mi away from the plant, not across the street. Of course noise wouldn’t be as big of a concern 0.5 miles away.
About the Minooka Power Plant referenced in a previous NW Herald article:
Arial and Street Views:
Minooka Is a combined cycle power plant similar in technology to the proposal in Oakwood Hills
- – Minooka is a much larger facility with a much larger footprint than Elgin.
- – Minooka is almost 5,000 ft away from nearest neighborhood (nearly a mile)
- – If you look at the satellite view of this plant, you can see that it is in the middle of nowhere!.
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