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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Legal Battle Continues Over Proposed Second Power Plant in Lordstown

From Business Journal Daily:
Testimony concluded late Tuesday in a case that may determine whether a second $900 million electrical generation plant is built in Lordstown. 
Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos said he would rule on the matter in about a week after attorneys for Clean Energy Future LLC and Clean Energy Future Lordstown submit their final briefs before the court. He instructed attorneys to file their final arguments by May 4. 
However, he urged both parties to find some middle ground and work toward a possible solution before he issues a ruling.

That appears unlikely at this time, noted Bill Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future, who indicated the legal sparring is far from over even after this part of the case is finished. 
Although the first three words of the company names are the same, they are different entities — one with their name ending in Lordstown, the other with the designation LLC. 
Clean Energy Future Lordstown, which owns the Lordstown Energy Center under construction in the village, argues that should a second plant be built at the site, it could cost its operation $6.7 million a year — a cost the company thinks should be absorbed by Clean Energy Future LLC. 
“They’re looking for an extortion payment,” Siderewicz said. “We’re not going to pay them a dime.”
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