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RESPONSIBLY RETAINING EXISTING DOWNSTATE COAL PLANTS
For a variety of longstanding factors, between 2015 and 2022 approximately 4,700 MW – enough power for 2.3 million homes – of electricity generation capacity has closed or will close in the downstate Illinois MISO Zone 4 market. The Act has a transition plan, tied to market prices, to keep 2,200 MW of existing in-state generation capacity that is at-risk of premature closure in operation through 2025. This gives more time for additional in-state renewable generation to be planned and built. In 2025, market conditions and other policy decisions will determine the future of the remaining legacy coal plants.