Prairie State: IL's Biggest Coal Plant, Biggest Polluter, Biggest Boondoggle
This Town Hall was organized to explore why and how Illinois must support a just transition away from the expensive, dirty, Prairie State coal plant.
This event highlighted two recent reports from the Union of Concerned Scientists and Rocky Mountain Institute that examined the environmental and economic impacts of the coal plant, respectively. We also heard from community members whose municipal utilities or rural electric cooperatives are trapped by restrictive contracts, putting them on the hook to pay for the plant no matter how expensive it is.
Our wallets, our lungs, and our climate will be better off if the Illinois’ Prairie State Energy Campus (“PSEC”) coal plant closed by 2030. The Clean Energy Jobs Act provides an avenue for plant closure, while also supporting the communities and workers affected by that transition.