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The gigantic Prairie State power plant in the southern Illinois village of Marissa was erected in 2012 at the mouth of a coal mine by a consortium of municipal utilities from several states. E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune
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Obama to target power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions

CHICAGO, IL — “For the gigantic Prairie State plant in the southern Illinois village of Marissa, however, coal is all there is. The largest coal plant built in the United States in the last three decades, Prairie State was erected in 2012 at the mouth of a coal mine by […]

A Cleveland Public Power lineman works on a power line on East 118th Street in Cleveland. (Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer)
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Malfunction at Illinois coal plant could affect Cleveland Public Power customers

CLEVELAND — “A controversial coal-fired power plant in southern Illinois, partially owned by Cleveland Public Power, was damaged last weekend by yet another equipment malfunction that likely will take a portion of the summer to repair. …The power plant has been a source of controversy since its inception, when the city […]

Gullies in the coal ash pond at the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station show where coal ash flowed towards the Dan River beyond the far berm.(John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
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Environmental groups file suit against LG&E over discharges from coal ash pond

LEXINGTON, KY — “Two environmental groups filed suit Wednesday in federal court against Louisville Gas & Electric for allegedly inappropriately dumping coal ash in the Ohio River on an almost daily basis. In its lawsuit, The Sierra Club and Earthjustice claim LG&E violated the Clean Water Act and a state […]

Duke Energy shareholders sue over coal ash spill
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Duke Energy shareholders sue over coal ash spill

MASSAPEQUA PARK, NY — “Two shareholders of Charlotte, NC-based Duke Energy have filed suit against the company, accusing it of negligence surrounding the February 2nd spill of about 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River, near Eden, NC, that created a polluted slick stretching some 70 miles. The […]

Prairie State Coal Campus gets new leader
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Prairie State Coal Campus gets new leader

CHICAGO — “The head of the company that operates a controversial, largely municipal bond-financed Midwestern coal plant has resigned and a national search for a replacement is planned. Until a replacement is found for Peter DeQuattro, who was president and chief executive officer, the Prairie State Generating Company tapped its […]

Peter DeQuattro served as President and CEO of Prairie State Energy Campus since May 2008.
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Prairie State coal plant CEO resigns abruptly

CLEVELAND — Last Friday, May 16th, Peter DeQuattro abruptly resigned as CEO of the Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC) after six years of service.  His resignation was effective immediately.  While a permanent replacement has not been found, Duncan Kincheloe, the former Chair of the PSGC board will serve as interim […]

Duke Energy begins coal-ash dredging in Dan River
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Duke Energy begins coal-ash dredging in Dan River

DANVILLE, VA — “With the clatter of heavy machinery, the cleanup of the ash-laden Dan River will begin in earnest this week. The biggest ash deposit yet found in the Dan, following a Feb. 2 spill 25 miles upriver at Duke Energy’s Dan River power plant, lies on the bottom […]

B.G. residents seek state investigation
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B.G. residents seek state investigation

Controversial power plants at issue BOWLING GREEN — “Angered by rising electric rates, several Bowling Green area residents want Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to investigate how Columbus-based American Municipal Power got 68 of its member communities to invest in one of the Midwest’s largest and most controversial coal-fired power […]

AMP changes billing for communities from Prairie State coal plant
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AMP changes billing for communities from Prairie State coal plant

CLEVELAND — “American Municipal Power recently changed the way they bill communities for power from the Prairie State Energy Campus.  According to their first quarter 2014 budget, AMP’s monthly invoices to the communities no longer itemizes the cost of Prairie State replacement power – power purchased on the market when […]

Group asks city to reconsider energy contract
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Group asks city to reconsider energy contract

BOWLING GREEN — “Citizens voiced concerns about the city’s contract with it’s energy provider during Monday’s city council meeting, citing high costs and coal-generated power as reasons to search for alternatives…. ‘We’re concerned the city made the decision under pressure,’ said Neocles Leontis, who presented the Power Point to city […]