Prairie State coal unit comes online

Unit 1 of the Prairie State Generating Co.’s (PSGC) 1600 MW power plant in Washington County, Ill., went live on June 6. The power produced by PSGC will now be scheduled and sold on the power markets by the PSGC owners for the benefit of municipal and electric cooperative retail customers throughout the eight states in PSGC’s footprint. Unit 2 is expected to move into commercial operations in late 2012.

PSGC’s journey to produce power with Illinois Basin coal began in the early 2000s. Designed as the model for the next generation of coal-fueled power plants in the United States, PSGC is a coal mine and a power plant built together on the same campus.

PSGC invested $1 billion in environmental emission controls, allowing it to meet and exceed the newest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state EPA regulations.

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