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2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 24, 2015 Read More →
Report:  No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

Report: No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

No Evidence of a Turnaround at Prairie State (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis

September 25, 2014 Read More →
Report- Overpriced power: Why Batavia is paying so much for electricity

Report- Overpriced power: Why Batavia is paying so much for electricity

Overpriced power: Why Batavia is paying so much for electricity (pdf) Updated 3/11/2014

February 20, 2014 Read More →
Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise

Report- The Prairie State Coal Plant: The Reality vs. the Promise (pdf).

August 29, 2012 Read More →

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The Truth About Prairie State Energy Campus (Part 4): There Are Ways Out of This Bad Deal

A Solution That Requires All Parties to Contribute and That Allows an Honest Assessment of the Plant’s Viability … For most of the history of the more than 200 towns and cities tied today to the failing Prairie State Energy Campus, households and businesses were charged reasonable rates for the electricity they used. That all […]

The Truth About Prairie State Energy Campus (Part 3): A Crippling Burden to Its Many Towns and Cities

The Truth About Prairie State Energy Campus (Part 3): A Crippling Burden to Its Many Towns and Cities

An Ill-Conceived Power Plant Sapping the Economic Vigor of Communities Far and Wide … Imagine, if you will, the small-business pillars of a town shutting their doors suddenly because they can’t pay their bills. Households having to choose between paying their heating bills and buying groceries. Bigger businesses, universities and hospitals being forced to cut […]

The Truth About Prairie State Energy Campus (Part 2): Its Coal Isn’t Cheap

The Truth About Prairie State Energy Campus (Part 2): Its Coal Isn’t Cheap

‘Annual Per Ton Operating Costs of the Mine Remain Higher Than Those Originally Assumed …’ Among the many claims made to dozens of communities across the Midwest and South to induce them to sign onto the Prairie State Energy Campus deal was that it would be supplied by cheap coal from a mine across the […]

April 7, 2015 Read More →
The Truth About Prairie State Energy Campus (Part 1): Failing, Year by Year

The Truth About Prairie State Energy Campus (Part 1): Failing, Year by Year

The Plant Doesn’t Run Like Its Creators said it Would, and Its Electricity Is Overpriced Prairie State Energy Campus failed in 2014 — as it failed in 2012 and 2013 — to provide the reliable, low-cost electricity that Peabody Energy, American Municipal Power, and its other promoters promised when they persuaded more than 200 communities […]

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

February 24, 2015 Read More →
Deal Gone Bad Hits Dozens of Midwest Cities

Deal Gone Bad Hits Dozens of Midwest Cities

‘Bad Bet Traps Paducah in Coal-Fired Nightmare’ is the headline this morning over a blockbuster story in the Louisville Courier Journal that examines how Peabody Coal left the city on the hook for an expensive, underperforming electricity plant. The article, by Jim Bruggers, is perhaps the most comprehensive to date on thePaducah Power System debacle, which […]

February 13, 2015 Read More →
AP: Ratepayers Feel ‘Duped’ by AMP/Peabody Coal Deal

AP: Ratepayers Feel ‘Duped’ by AMP/Peabody Coal Deal

“Towns across the Midwest” are challenging the notion that they are locked into a costly long-term electricity deal with Prairie State Energy Campus, the southern Illinois coal-fired plant that has proven both expensive and unreliable. In an article published nationally today, the Associated Press notes that dozens of municipalities through the American Municipal Power cooperative […]

February 8, 2015 Read More →
Report:  No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

Report: No evidence of a turnaround at Prairie State

No Evidence of a Turnaround at Prairie State (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis

September 25, 2014 Read More →
Report: Prairie State Power Plant bad business deal

Report: Prairie State Power Plant bad business deal

WPSD Local 6: Your news, weather, and sports authority By Robert Bradfield, WPSD News Channel 6- PADUCAH- “The Prairie State Power Plant in southern Illinois was a poor investment for Paducah Power, according to a 32 page report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report says the promises of a low […]

June 27, 2014 Read More →
Equipment malfunction causes damage to Prairie State plant

Equipment malfunction causes damage to Prairie State plant

By Andrew Denney, Columbia Daily Tribune – COLUMBIA, MO –  “The Prairie State Energy Campus in southern Illinois, one of the coal-fired plants from which the Columbia Water and Light Department buys energy, was damaged over this past weekend when a rupture disk for a pressure release system blew off and knocked a large hole […]

May 29, 2014 Read More →