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Report: 12 AMP power customers in Ohio to pay $135 million extra

Miners drive down to the Lively Grove coal mine near Marissa, Ill., during a shift change. The mine is operated by Prairie State Generating Co. and provides fuel to an adjacent power plant.

COLUMBUS — “A dozen Ohio communities will pay a premium totaling $135 million for electricity because of contracts with an Illinois power plant, according to a new report.

The figure is an estimate of how much money the cities  – including Cleveland, Bowling Green and Galion – will pay for power in excess of market prices between now and 2025.

Residents in those places are paying for Prairie State Energy Campus in southwestern Illinois, a coal-fired power plant that began operating this summer. American Municipal Power of Columbus owns 23 percent of the plant and has sold shares to 60 of its member communities in Ohio.”

— Dan Gearino, Columbus Dispatch

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