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Prairie State Energy Campus near Marissa, Ill. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / August 6, 2013)
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Sales tax, electric rates increasing in Batavia

BATAVIA — “The Batavia City Council voted Monday night to increase the city’s sales tax and raise electric rates in an effort to keep its struggling electric utility fund afloat in the coming years. In a 10-4 vote, the council agreed to raise the city’s sales tax a half percent. […]

Midwestern Attorney Generals urged to investigate Prairie State deal
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Midwestern Attorney Generals urged to investigate Prairie State deal

CLEVELAND — State officials, local officials, and watchdog groups are calling on Midwestern attorney generals to investigate contracts that led to 8 municipal utility agencies in 5 states to invest in the Prairie State Energy Campus. Since going online in 2012, the coal-fired power plant in Southern Illinois has not lived […]

Prairie State Energy Campus near Marissa, Ill. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.
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Coal-fired plant spiking some suburban electric bills

Naperville and Batavia, ready to boost rates, question Prairie State promise of cheap, reliable power CHICAGO, IL — “Gambling that Prairie State would insulate them from volatile electricity prices, dozens of communities across the Midwest locked themselves into 28-year contracts to purchase power from a company formed by Peabody Energy, […]

Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger, left, addresses the City Council during a workshop to discuss electric rates in Naperville. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / February 23, 2014)
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Naperville eyes 6 percent electric rate hike to cover deficit

NAPERVILLE, IL — “Naperville residents are likely to see their electric rates spike 6 percent this spring instead of the 2 percent they expected. Naperville purchases power from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, of which it is a member along with 31 other municipalities and a co-op. City Manager Doug […]

Why electric rates would go up in Batavia
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Why electric rates would go up in Batavia

BATAVIA, IL — “As Batavia officials consider raising electricity rates by as much as 16 percent, people attending an information session Monday night asked how in the heck the town got in this situation. The special joint committees-of-the-whole meeting was designed to answer such questions, particularly how its investment in […]

BG takes criticism for coal connection
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BG takes criticism for coal connection

BOWLING GREEN — “A group of Bowling Green residents continued to raise questions Monday about the 2008 decision of the Bowling Green Board of Public Utilities decision to be a part of the Prairie States coaled-fired power plant in southwest Illinois. Individuals expressed concerns about the cost of the project, […]

Some of the speakers mentioned concerns about coal plant emissions and also effects of a federal investigation involving the plant developer, Peabody Energy and American Municipal Power.
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Citizens question BG’s electric rate increase, source of power supply

BOWLING GREEN — “Several Bowling Green citizens questioned city council Monday night about electric rate increases and the city’s decision to rely on the Prairie State coal-fired plant for about 50 percent of the city’s power supply. Each provided council with a list of questions and stated their concerns. Some […]

Has The Project Group lived up to its end of a $250,000 consulting contract to monitor public utilities issues for City Council? (PD file photo)
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Has The Project Group effectively monitored public utility issues for City Council?

CLEVELAND — “The Project Group, operated by principals John Zayac and Michael Tuan Bustamante, has been under contract for the past 18 years to monitor public utility issues for the Cleveland City Council. But the consultants did not report on several controversies related to utilities until after The Plain Dealer […]

Painesville ‘gambled’ on energy prices in AMP power plant contract
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Painesville ‘gambled’ on energy prices in AMP power plant contract

PAINESVILLE — “Painesville City Councilman at large Jim Fodor said the power plant contract the city entered into in 2007 was a “gamble at the time. He was not on city council at that time but admitted that, ‘Whenever you pay more than the going rate, it’s not a good […]

Prairie State Energy Campus
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Prairie State continues to generate discussion

GALION — “Some discussion then took place on the failed Meigs County coal plant, which closed with tens of millions in stranded costs – for which Galion is partially liable. [City Council Utility Committee Chair Mike] Richart did note that a lawsuit is pending that may reduce or eliminate that […]