Natural Gas 'Peaker Plant' Project To Be Considered By Boone County Board

Feb 2, 2017

The Boone County board will consider a special use permit for a natural gas power plant.

Power Ventures plans on building the 450-megawatt “peaker” plant at Garden Prairie.  The $180 million project would provide extra power during periods of high use, but faces opposition from local residents. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports they’re concerned about potential noise, extra light, and water pollution.  Power Ventures had a permit for a similar project in 2009, but it expired four years ago.  The Boone County Board will consider the permit February 15.