Responsibility

NEARLY 7 MILLION TONS of coal mined annually.

1,600 MEGAWATTS
of power.

PROVIDING
2.5
MILLION

families with electricity every day.

$785
MILLION

in economic activity contributed annually.

$1 BILLION
invested in the Best Available Control Technology (BACT).

OUR COMMITMENT

$1 Billion investment in environmental emission controls.

ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE

Prairie State Energy Campus represents a major undertaking of power generation and coal mining in the U.S. Proud part of Washington County, Illinois, Prairie State is making a significant economic impact on southern Illinois and the Illinois economy. Prairie State commissioned an economic impact study from the University of Illinois that estimates Prairie State's impact on the region to equal more than $785 million annually. Some key facts:

  • The Prairie State Energy Campus is one of the largest power plant construction projects in the United States and the second largest capital project in Illinois during the past 10 years.
  • At its construction peak, PSGC's construction company, Bechtel, employed more than 4,000 trades men and women.
  • Since its inception, PSGC has hired more than 250 local vendors and suppliers, spending $80 million in Washington County, Illinois alone.
  • More than 500 permanent, full time employees are working at Prairie State Energy Campus. Economists predict that Prairie State will stimulate the creation of more than 800 additional jobs.
  • The large majority of our employees make southern Illinois their home.

Prairie State is proud to be one of the newest examples of using Illinois Basin coal for power. With the ability to use Illinois Basin coal for electricity, Prairie State puts to work a vast domestic energy source, which will provide for low cost, environmentally safe power. Keeping electricity prices affordable is critical – particularly as we all work hard to lift the U.S. out of an economic downturn. That is why it’s so important that coal remains an integral part of our country’s energy portfolio. Some key notes on the benefits of coal-fueled power:

  • 45 percent of the state of Illinois’ electricity comes from coal, resulting in the state having a lower cost of power for its residents.
  • On average, 60 million American households with annual incomes below $50,000 spend 21 percent of their after-tax income on energy-related costs. That’s more than 20 cents of every dollar earned. What’s even more troubling is per capita spending for energy is even higher for lower-income households. Those families earning between $10,000 and $30,000 per year (after taxes) – and that’s 23 percent of American households – are spending 24 percent of their after-tax income on household energy-related costs.
    Source, According to an American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)-commissioned study based upon data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and other government sources