Archive for March, 2014

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Representative Timothy Schmitz asks Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate Prairie State deal

Representative Timothy Schmitz asks Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate Prairie State deal

Batavia – Illinois State Representative Timothy Schmitz (R-Batavia) is urging Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate ‘possible fraud or misrepresentation by Peabody Energy that led to several municipalities in Illinois to invest in the Prairie State Energy Campus (PSEC).’  Schmitz’s district includes several communities that have been hit hard by the rising costs of […]

March 12, 2014 Read More →
Coal crunch gives impetus to India’s solar switch

Coal crunch gives impetus to India’s solar switch

By Associated Press – “NEW DELHI (AP) — For six years in a row, India’s monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling for pricier imports. But what looks like a looming crisis could turn out to be an almost accidental energy overhaul. Like many […]

March 11, 2014 Read More →

Duke, not customers, should pay more for Ind. IGCC plant, group argues

By Matthew Bandyk, SNL Financial – “Opponents of Duke Energy Corp.’s first-of-its-kind Edwardsport coal gasification plant made a motion with state regulators March 6 that could lead to Duke Energy Indiana Inc. eating substantially more of the costs of the more-than-$3 billion plant instead of having its customers pay for it. The Citizens Action Coalition, […]

March 11, 2014 Read More →
The Abbot Point gamble

The Abbot Point gamble

On the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef, Abbot Point is set to become one of the world’s biggest coal ports. However the yet-to-be-developed coal mines it’s supposed to service look increasingly unviable and the environmental risks are enormous. Jess Hill investigates. By Jess Hill, ABC Radio National Australia  – “Australia has never seen anything […]

March 10, 2014 Read More →
Coal-fired plant spiking some suburban electric bills

Coal-fired plant spiking some suburban electric bills

Naperville and Batavia, ready to boost rates, question Prairie State promise of cheap, reliable power By Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune – “When Naperville and Batavia bought shares of a new coal-fired power plant, Linda Sommer was one of the few people in the two suburbs who challenged the idea that it would guarantee cheap, reliable […]

March 6, 2014 Read More →
Clean Air Coalition hosts brainstorming assembly on Huntley power plant

Clean Air Coalition hosts brainstorming assembly on Huntley power plant

By Jessica Bagley, The Tonawanda News – “TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Dozens of locals attended a Clean Air Coalition assembly Saturday to discuss how to assist employees and local governments if the Huntley Station power plant does shutdown. ‘We are hoping to open the dialogue, since Huntley may be near the end of its life,’ […]

March 2, 2014 Read More →