UPDATE | Appeals court filing delays movement on Lordstown energy plant


News of the fate of the Trumbull Energy Center has been further delayed.

Clean Energy Future Lordstown filed an appeal Monday in the 11th District Court of Appeals disputing that real estate matters can be resolved in court.

In light of this information, Judge Peter Kontos of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court has directed the parties to attempt to mediate the dispute as the appeal process continues.

The future of the plant is uncertain, as Clean Energy Future Lordstown has delayed enforcing an agreement that would allow construction to begin.

Those present hoped for an open hearing, but shortly 9 a.m., counsel for the Trumbull Energy Center and Clean Energy Future Lordstown went into chambers to privately discuss the matter.

Clean Energy Future President Bill Siderewicz is hopeful that today’s events will “get us one step closer” to commencing construction on the Trumbull Energy Center.

The Trumbull Energy Center secured a preliminary injunction in November 2017, which orders the Lordstown plant to sign a document necessary for the construction of the second plant to proceed.

At this morning’s hearing, Judge Kontos was scheduled to convert the preliminary injunction to a permanent injunction.

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