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Work to begin soon on renewable energy plant south of Plaquemine

Construction is expected to begin soon on a $740 million renewable energy plant south of Plaquemine that got final approval from the state earlier this year.

Work on the natural gas-powered generation plant that the Louisiana Public Service Commission approved earlier this year could begin in the first quarter of next year, Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso said.

The 1803 Agreement the PSC approved in January put the wheels in motion for Princeton, New Jersey-based Kindle Energy to locate in Iberville Parish.

Kindle has an option on 50 acres of privately owned property where it plans to build a plant along River Road between SNF Flopam and Shintech.

The Kindle Energy-Magnolia Power LLC Project will create between 500 and 600 construction jobs and provide between 20 and 25 permanent jobs.

Anticipated startup date is 2025.

The $1.5 billion plan the PSC approved last week will allow cooperatives to buy power from out-of-state utility companies.  

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