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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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August 12, 2014

Illinois Regulators Tour Prairie State

Leadership and staff from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO),  joined several Prairie State owners and Illinois electric cooperative members for a tour of the campus today. IEPA Director, Lisa Bonnett, and ICC Chairman, Doug Scott, were among those in attendance and are pictured above at the coal mine with Paul Krivokuca, Prairie State's Senior VP of Mining.

After completing a surface tour of the mine, the group held discussions about the proposed carbon regulation, and ended the visit with a tour of the power plant. In the photo above, Tom Kordick, Prairie State's VP of Generation, describes the use of emissions controls and technology in Prairie State's power plant.