Nelson Energy Center’s story, like Invenergy’s as a whole, is a story of transition. It began when we purchased the half-completed facility in 2004 from a bankruptcy proceeding, where 1,000 construction workers had been put out of work. Resuming construction in 2013, the 600-megawatt natural-gas combined-cycle project, located in Lee County, Illinois, achieved its commercial operation date in May 2015.
In 2022, Invenergy announced Nelson Energy Center would start working with Sauk Valley to develop our first clean hydrogen project. The hydrogen project will generate clean energy from a nearby solar facility. The clean hydrogen project is expected to become operational in 2023.