April 16th, 2019 "Dive Brief: Vistra Energy is calling for state lawmakers to pass the Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019, a bill it says will help keep its uneconomic coal plants online another five years while supporting the development of more clean energy. The legislation would repurpose downstate coal plant sites to solar and energy storage, resulting in approximately 500 MW of new renewable generation coming online between 2021 and 2022. It will also help keep at-risk coal plants online through 2024, providing Vistra with up to $140 million annually. The company says the bill will allow time [...]
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Facing likely closures, owner of Southern Illinois coal power plants supports bill to help repurpose sites for solar, energy storage projectsadmin2020-09-08T12:14:42+00:00
April 13, 2020 Facing likely closures, owner of Southern Illinois coal power plants supports bill to help repurpose sites for solar, energy storage projects "We know that drastic changes are imminent,” said Meranda Cohn, Vistra’s director of media relations and corporate affairs. The company says 75 percent of its generating capacity in the region “at risk of being shut down,” according to Cohn. Amid that backdrop, Vistra argues that the Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act provides a way to more “responsibly transition” for plant employees, local communities, and the state’s ambitious clean energy goals. “What we’re trying to [...]
April 1st, 2019 "The legislation aims to create a financial structure to keep at-risk coal plants online through 2024, while funding a build-out of solar+storage, energy efficiency, and transmission to replace the lost capacity. The legislation is strongly supported by Vistra Energy." Read full article via PV Magazine.
Vistra Energy Supports Plan to Transition Illinois Coal Plants and Repurpose Sites for Solar and Energy Storageadmin2020-09-08T12:19:28+00:00
NEWS RELEASE Vistra Energy Supports Plan to Transition Illinois Coal Plants and Repurpose Sites for Solar and Energy Storage Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019 to be introduced IRVING, Texas — March 26, 2019 —Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) supports legislation to be filed in the Illinois General Assembly which the company views as a visionary and comprehensive transition plan for its subsidiaries’ central and southern Illinois coal plants. The Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act of 2019 will help mitigate the uncertainty surrounding these power [...]
Jan. 25, 2018 – The Herald Tribune I recently spoke at an Illinois Commerce Commission hearing, held to consider electric power issues in downstate Illinois and especially the market policies and conditions that are adversely impacting power plants that are important drivers of employment and economic activity. Good afternoon. My name is Marc Kiehna. I am a member of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners. I appreciate the opportunity to be heard and to provide input on this important issue. I grew up in Randolph County and was a member of a family whose primary breadwinner worked for Illinois Power Company. […]
Jan. 18, 2018 – The Journal News – State Power Debate Comes To Hillsboro Three mayors, two school superintendents, several county board members and other dignitaries were among the 15 speakers who spoke at an Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) hearing/workshop held in the historic Montgomery County Courthouse Tuesday, Jan. 16. A similar gathering had been held in the Chicago area earlier in the year; Representative Avery Bourne asked that another hearing be held locally because recommendations made by the ICC will have repercussions in her district. She and Senator Andy Manar were present at the hearing, though neither testified. The ICC […]
Jan. 15, 2018 – State Journal Register – Illinois Chamber of Commerce supports pragmatic change to environmental regulations Every Illinois family, business and manufacturer benefits from access to reliable, efficiently produced power. Over the past several months, the state of Illinois has been considering a rule proposed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that would reduce overall allowable emissions and enact a new statewide cap from several power plants throughout central and southern Illinois. This change is needed and provides substantial environmental and economic benefits for the state of Illinois. The current state standards were created in 2006 when several plants […]
Jan. 5, 2018 – Peoria Journal Star – Spotlight: Continue to invest in power plants and communities On behalf of the nearly 900,000 members of the Illinois AFL-CIO, I encourage the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) to approve the revision to Illinois’ Multi-Pollutant Standard air emissions rule filed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). We support this revision as it is the best path forward to preserve air quality while protecting jobs and sustaining economic vitality in the state of Illinois. Nearly $2 billion has already been invested in the power generation facilities originally covered by this rule, significantly reducing […]
Dec. 28, 2017 – SNL Platts Dynegy Inc. continued to urge state regulators in Illinois for action to support eight of its coal-fired power plants in the state that sell into the Midcontinent ISO market. The competitive generator in reply comments dated Dec. 21 urged the Illinois Commerce Commission to address resource adequacy in MISO Zone 4, which covers central and southern Illinois and the service territory of distribution utility Ameren Illinois Co., a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. The comments were filed in response to a workshop that the ICC held on Dec. 7 where MISO, Dynegy and various stakeholders discussed […]
Dec. 11, 2017 – RTO Insider – MISO Zone 4 Players Still Divided over Resource Adequacy The Illinois Commerce Commission heard two very different views of MISO’s Zone 4 at a workshop last week, with some speakers claiming the region has sufficient reserves and others saying it is in dire straits. The ICC convened the Dec. 8 workshop to hear continuing discussion on the future of resource adequacy in the RTO’s Southern Illinois zone. The commission will hold another workshop next month and then issue a summary report of stakeholder positions to Gov. Bruce Rauner by Feb. 26. It was Rauner’s office that in […]