• Myth
    Natural gas is not a clean energy source and is dangerous for the environment.
    Fact
    The natural gas used to generate power at the proposed Indeck Niles Energy Center will be the same type of gas residents regularly use to heat their homes and cook their food. Facilities like Indeck Niles produce 50%-90% fewer emissions than traditional coal-fired plants and will help us come closer to achieving pollution reduction goals set by the EPA.
  • Myth
    Renewables such as solar and wind are far superior to natural gas.
    Fact
    Michigan is among the lowest states for solar irradiance, and onshore wind sources are limited by geography and public acceptance. Wind and solar are also intermittent resources: they are not always available when power is needed. A combination of renewable and clean energy is necessary for the system to deliver reliable energy to consumers.
  • Myth
    Using natural gas for this facility means more fracking.
    Fact
    The Indeck Niles Energy Center will tap into existing natural gas transmission lines.
  • Myth
    A spike in gas prices will mean that my energy costs will go up.
    Fact
    With current market conditions, natural gas is the most cost efficient way to produce energy.
  • Myth
    Energy plants like Indeck Niles are heavily subsidized by local governments, putting an increased burden on local financial resources.
    Fact
    Indeck Niles will not be subsidized by local governments. Nearly $1 billion is being invested to develop the project and the City of Niles and its residents will benefit from millions of dollars in new tax revenue that will be reinvested in schools and critical infrastructure projects.
  • Myth
    A power plant is an eyesore and will lead to a decrease in local property values.
    Fact
    Indeck Niles will be a state-of-the art energy center. Its location within the Niles Industrial Park will minimize impacts associated with building in a residential area. Most importantly, Indeck is taking an unproductive site and turning it into an economic engine that will create jobs, spur economic development and generate revenues for the City of Niles, its residents and the local area.
  • Myth
    There are no jobs for local residents.
    Fact
    Indeck Niles is projected to create 500 high-paying, skilled union construction jobs during construction and will employ 21 full-time, highly skilled and high-paying technical jobs upon completion. Local hiring will be emphasized.
  • Myth
    The plant requires a large quantity of water to operate and will strain local resources.
    Fact
    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.
  • Myth
    The project will require new wells and will strain local water sources.
    Fact
    No new wells will be necessary for the facility to operate. The water used by the Indeck Niles Energy Center will be supplied through the City of Niles municipal system. The City receives its municipal water supply from a variety of ground sources throughout its service area.