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November 4, 2014

AMP Members Tour Prairie State

Representatives from several of American Municipal Power's (AMP) member communities visited campus on November 3 for an underground mine and power plant tour. The group is pictured above in front of the turbine with Tom Kordick, Prairie State's Vice President of Generation (far left) and Randy Short, Prairie State's COO (far right). AMP is one of Prairie State's nine Owners, serving 129 member communities across 6 states.

AMP is a nonprofit corporation that owns and operates electric facilities with the purpose of providing generation, transmission and distribution of electric power and energy to its members. By coordinating, negotiating and developing power-supply options and interconnection agreements, AMP is able to purchase wholesale electric power and energy and sell it to members at rates based on the cost and dispatch fees.

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October 30, 2014

National Mine Rescue Day

Today, October 30, 2014, is National Mine Rescue Day. Prairie State is proud to honor the service, commitment and skills of their Mine Rescue Team and their exceptional performance at the recent Illinois state contest. The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will commemorate the second annual Mine Rescue Day today during a meeting of the Holmes Mine Rescue Association at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, West Virginia. The date for Mine Rescue Day was selected because of its historic significance. On Oct. 30, 1911, the first national mine rescue demonstration was held in the United States. It was organized by Dr. Joseph A. Holmes, who, in 1910, was appointed as the first director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines by President William Howard Taft. Holmes and Taft attended the inaugural event at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.
On this date last year, the newly created national Holmes Mine Rescue Association (HMRA), which mine emergency response stakeholders overwhelmingly supported, formally came into existence. The HMRA provides support and guidance for mine rescue to the more than 13,000 mines throughout the country. It also serves as a vehicle to disseminate guidelines, training and tools to the mining community.