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Town meeting will focus on high costs of Illinois coal plant, impact on electric customers in Ohio

GALION — Ohio Citizen Action will host a town meeting in Galion, Ohio, to present the findings of a new report on the costs of the Prairie State coal plant. The plant, located in Southern Illinois, was developed by Peabody Energy, but 95% of the ownership was transferred to municipal utility agencies across the Midwest.  The plant is over budget, behind schedule, and not yet producing electricity as promised. Sixty Ohio communities, including Galion, have long-term “take-or-pay” contracts with this plant for fifty years.  For more information and a complete list of the Ohio communities who have contracts with this plant, see


Prairie State Coal Plant: The Promise vs. the Reality.” What do the soaring costs of this plant mean for electric customers in Galion and the 59 other Ohio communities who have signed 50-year contracts for this plant?


David Schissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Cambridge, MA

Sandy Buchanan, Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Action, Cleveland


The meeting is open to the public. Residents and officials of all communities who have signed contracts for this plant are invited to come to Galion for the meeting.

Come and learn how the costs of this plant could affect your electric rates —  you may be shocked!

For more information contact;  Sandy Buchanan, Ohio Citizen Action, 216-861-5200, ext. 315, or Don Faulds, concerned Galion citizen, 419-468-3936

list of accommodations:

Mansfield area:
Hampton Inn, 1051 N. Lexington Springmill Rd., 419-747-5353, 800-246-7866

Fairfield Inn, 1065 N. Lexington Springmill Rd., 419-747-2200, 800-228-2800

Country Inn & Suites, 2069 Walker Lake Rd., 419-747-2227

Bucyrus area:
Holiday Inn Express, 1575 N. Sandusky Ave, 419-562-5664

Knight’s Inn, 1515 N. Sandusky Ave., 419-562-3737

Galion area:
Rose of Sherron Bed & Breakfast, 223 Harding Way West, 419-468-3973