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Management Team - Expanded
Joel Schroeder, VP of Project Engineering
Joel Schroeder, VP of Project Engineering
is responsible for the engineering activities of Invenergy's natural gas and cogeneration projects.
He has 18 years of experience in the energy industry, including the successful development, permitting, engineering, construction and commissioning of more than 3,500 MW of natural gas, wind and solar projects.
Prior to joining Invenergy in 2004, Schroeder was a Project Engineer at Calpine and SkyGen companies, supporting the development and construction of natural gas and cogeneration projects.
Schroeder has both a BS and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Joel Schroeder, ...
Joel Schroeder, Invenergy
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Joel Schroeder, project director for Invenergy, said union contractor White Construction of Clinton, Ind., is expected to hire more than 100 workers for the job.
anticipates construction to be finished and the solar farm to be operational by next summer.
does not expect traffic to be a concern for residents in Otter Creek Township near construction.
"We worked traffic out with the township's road commissioner and construction traffic will be limited to 21st Road coming from the north or the south," Schroeder
told The Times.
"They walked away from a very ...
"They walked away from a very sizable investment," said Invenergy project director Joel Schroeder.
The plant still sits idle, but Invenergy
removed two of the turbines and shipped them elsewhere.The company has two natural gas electric plants operating in Florida and Colorado, as well as more gas-fired plants and wind farms under development all over the country, Schroeder
The Nelson plant could produce about 600 megawatts of electricity under its current configuration, but Invenergy
is considering converting the site to ethanol production.
"We're continually evaluating our options to go forward with construction," Schroeder
"We're looking at what makes the ...
"We're looking at what makes the most sense," Joel Schroeder, project manager for Invenergy LLC, told a group of producers at the recent Pioneer Crop Shop.
But as of the date of the Pioneer event, even though Schroeder
has process engineers and a construction company lined up to build the plant and has filed all major permits, no construction contracts have been signed and Schroeder
admitted while answering the question of one local producer, that the ethanol plant is not a done deal."You've said you've done quite a bit of preliminary work and this is the first time I've seen - you've got Delta T on line and the construction firm.Have those contracts been signed?Because I hear a little bit of waffling as far as we may do this and I know you've spent a considerable amount of money in getting the site ready and doing all this preliminary work," Jim Schielein of Dixon asked Schroeder
"We do not have a construction contract signed," Schroeder
I can't stand here and say this project will move forward, period," Schroeder
told him.LS Power started construction on the site in rural Lee County as a natural gas-fired power generation facility.LS Power sold the partially-finished plant to NRG Energy in November 2000.NRG declared bankruptcy in 2003 and work around the plant was idled.In August 2004, Invenergy
bought the site at auction, including two of the units which are, Schroeder
said, about 70 percent completed each.Invenergy
owns about half of the land on the site and Schroeder
said the company holds options the landowners on the other half.Work now going on at the site includes dismantling and removing the least-finished units to another project."We've actually been taking those units to another facility and we're removing the equipment to another site," he
said."All the work you've seen out there is taking down those units carefully - taking two of them down.The first two units were the ones that were the most complete, so we're preserving them with the option to continue construction on them."Schroeder
said that the site has all the infrastructure necessary for an ethanol plant and that Invenergy
currently is in talks with Union Pacific regarding construction of a rail loop into the site.He
added that the company is exploring some coordination between the two plants - the ethanol plant and the power plant - such as serving steam from the power plant to the ethanol plant.The nearby Rock River would provide what Schroeder called an "adequate" supply of water with a capacity of 8600 gallons per minute.Schroeder
noted that if the company could "get comfortable" with the economics of the ethanol plant, construction could start toward the end of 2007 but more likely in spring of 2008."There's been a lot of change in the market, equipment prices have skyrocketed," he