The plant requires a large quantity of water to operate and will strain local resources.
The Indeck Niles Energy Center will use a combined-cycle technology and incorporate dry cooling, a process which doesn’t require a large water supply or a cooling tower. Peak water use will occur in the summer months, when water will be sprayed into the turbine inlets to increase output. Total plant consumption is projected at 0.6 MGPD (million gallons per day) during that time, substantially less than the amount used by a typical farm.