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Galion and other communities could pay millions for Prairie State deal

GALION — “Galion purchased a 9.952 megawatt share Prairie State Energy Campus, roughly 40 percent of what Cleveland purchased said Galion City Councilwoman Roberta Wade.

‘We are trying to access what exactly that means for our municipal electrical utility as we find ourselves dealing with take-or-pay contract, unlimited liability and having to sell excess Prairie State power in the open market,’ Wade said during opening statements on a live phone-based news conference about the Prairie State issues.

‘In hindsight it is clear that municipal utilities should not be invested in risky energy speculation,’ said Wade. ‘Private investors certainly can make the decision to invest in energy speculation but it is just not appropriate to gamble with the public’s money.'”

— Krystal Smalley, Crawford County Now

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