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September 12, 2014


The Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC) Lively Grove Mine Rescue Team competed and placed first at the Illinois State Mine Rescue Contest in Marion, Illinois yesterday. The competition was sponsored by the Illinois Mining Institute during their 122nd Annual Event and Meeting. Eighteen teams from coal mines across Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky competed for top accolades, exhibiting their ability to respond to a potential emergency rescue.

Mine rescue contests are designed to sharpen skills and test the knowledge of team members who could be called upon to respond to a mine emergency. The contest requires team members to solve a hypothetical problem, while being timed and observed by judges, according to complex rules. PSGC’s Mine Rescue Team received three trophies for their first place finish, with the most prestigious being the Governor’s Trophy.

“As a relatively new team, this win is a significant accomplishment. The safety of our employees is Prairie State’s core value, and we appreciate the Mine Rescue Team’s dedication to training and ensuring their readiness in the event they are called upon to aid in the rescue of their colleagues or the mining industry at large,” said Paul Krivokuca, PSGC’s Senior Vice President of Mining Operations.
Congratulations on a job well done!

Pictured above is the PSGC team with their first place trophies. Kneeling from left: Mark Gill, Matt Geralds and Raul Guillermo. Standing from left: Darrin Fizer, Paul Dunk, Trent Cross, Tim Henry, Matt Webb and Dan McLean.


September 8, 2014

Increased Demand for Illinois Coal

From Bloomberg News:

Demand for Illinois Basin coal climbed last year to the highest level since 1990 as sales of nearby Appalachian coal dipped and consumption of the product from Power River Basin mines in Wyoming grew at a slower pace.

"Illinois basin coal has greater sulfur content than the other coals, and either costs less or has a higher heat content, meaning it's sought after by utilities forced to install scrubbers in their power plants by a succession of federal laws and Environmental Protection Agency rules. Its share of U.S. production will climb 20 percent by 2040 from 13 percent currently, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Coal demand for electricity generation will increase 2.8 percent to 882.2 million tons from 2013, the Energy Department's statistical arm said in its August 12 Short-Term Energy Outlook."

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