Sep. 14, 2016
State Journal Register
The electricity market in central and southern Illinois is broken, something almost all parties admit, and Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly should take action to ensure that there will continue to be a reliable supply of electricity.
MISO, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, operates a market which is responsible for the reliability of the electricity supply in central and southern Illinois and has acknowledged that the current capacity market fails to adequately compensate the owners of generation facilities in the state. This could lead to blackouts and other reliability failures in central and southern Illinois. There are a number of technical and complex reasons for this, but the bottom line is that the current system has failed, and Illinois’ power plants are closing, forcing the state to gamble that electricity imported from other states will be sufficient to maintain reliability…