Mediation Resolves Power Plant Construction Dispute in Lordstown
Mediation lasted six months, but led to a resolution in a dispute between the owners of the Lordstown Energy Center and the developer of a potential power plant next door. The energy center is located in the Lordstown Industrial Park.
The proposed second power plant would cost $900 million.
The agreement was reached with the assistance of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Magistrate Anthony Cornicelli who acted as mediator. It will make it easier to move forward with the construction of the second power plant that will serve the village.
Despite the resolution, there are still concerns about the upcoming project. According to president of Boston-based Clean Energy Future Bill Siderewicz, said he is concerned about remarks made by Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder and Governor Mike DeWine stating the public “should bail out two antiquated nuclear plants to the tune of $100 million [per] year.”Siderwicz believes this would put the current free power-generation market in Ohio in danger.
According to Siderewicz, the two plants would employ approximately 19 permanent employees and offer jobs to about 900 people during construction. The first plant just opened in October 2018 after two and a half years of construction.
The owners of the first plant were reluctant to approve the second plant because they first wanted to study the impact it would have. The judge who ruled the owners of the first plant must approve. The second was the same person who ordered the two sides to attempt mediation.