Invenergy announces commercial operation of Nelson Energy Center in Illinois

Invenergy Clean Power announced the start of commercial operation of its 600-MW Nelson Energy Center, a natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in Lee County, Illinois. The site features GE (NYSE: GE) 7FA gas turbines and steam turbines.

A portion of the project’s output is sold long-term to WPPI Energy, a regional power company serving 51 locally-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities. The remaining power is sold into the PJM wholesale market.

During construction, Nelson employed approximately 350 workers; currently, the the site employs two dozen full time employees.

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