NEARLY 7 MILLION TONS of coal mined annually.

of power.


families with electricity every day.


in economic activity contributed annually.

invested in the Best Available Control Technology (BACT).


PSEC is setting the standard for clean energy production.

Senior Management


Don Gaston

President & Chief executive Officer

Don Gaston is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC). Mr. Gaston has an extensive professional background in supercritical fossil generation, comprehensive safety programs, environmental control technology and marked performance in improving power plant reliability throughout his more than 30 years in the electric generation industry.
Prior to joining the Prairie State team in 2014, he served as the Director of Fossil Generation for the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), one of the 10 largest electric companies in the U.S. and New Jersey's oldest and largest publicly owned utility. In this capacity, he was accountable for the successful management of safety, environmental compliance, reliability, and financial performance of 5800 megawatts of coal fired, oil fired, and natural gas generation. Throughout his career, Mr. Gaston has also held supercritical fossil generation and environmental management positions with Southern Company and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
As President and CEO, Mr. Gaston is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the Prairie State Energy Campus, and oversees coordination with the Prairie State ownership group, which includes nine non-profit power companies serving 2.5 million member-owners across eight states.
Mr. Gaston earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a MBA from the University of Tennessee, and completed the TVA Executive Development Program at Vanderbilt University.

Randy Short

chief operating officer 

Randy Short is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC). Mr. Short joined Prairie State in 2014 with more than two decades of experience in the utility industry. Prior to his current role as COO, he served as plant manager to the coal-fueled Baldwin Energy Complex within the Dynegy Illinois fleet. Additionally, Mr. Short led as plant manager at  the Wood River power plant and as senior director for Generation Programs at Dynegy corporate headquarters in Houston.

As COO of the Prairie State Generating Company, LLC, Mr. Short is responsible for the direction and leadership of the power plant, safety, environmental services, IT and procurement departments at the Prairie State Energy Campus. Mr. Short is Prairie State’s first COO, and is recognized as a skilled power industry leader with unique experience working in Illinois and with Illinois coal.

Mr. Short holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and a MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Short is a Council of Owners Construction Associates (COCA) board member, and also currently serves as treasurer.



Paul Krivokuca is the Senior Vice President of Mining for the Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC). In his role, he is responsible for the overall direction, management and operations of the Lively Grove coal mine, the adjacent underground mine, which feeds the Prairie State Energy Campus power plant. As a fourth generation coal miner, Mr. Krivokuca has an extensive background in the coal mining industry, with more than 30 years of experience.
Mr. Krivokuca joined the Prairie State team in December 2008 and helped lead the construction and start-up of the mining operations.

Before making the commitment to PSGC, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer Underground Operations for Hillsborough Resources in Campbell River, British Columbia from 1996 to 2008. In this capacity, he was responsible for two mine operations and one quarry located in Canada and one underground mine in Tennessee. Prior to 1996, Mr. Krivokuca held a variety of positions with coal mining companies in the eastern United States.

Mr. Krivokuca holds a B.A. degree in liberal studies from University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, and an Associate Degree in Coal Mining Technology from Eastern Illini Community College. He is an active member and leader in a number of industry organizations, and currently serves as a Director of the National Mining Association, and is also an Executive Member of the Illinois Coal Association.