Dynegy Shutting Down IL Coal Plants

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 @ 09:05 AM gHale


Dynegy Inc. will shutter multiple coal-fueled units in southern Illinois, in addition to its plans to close its plant in Alton.

Over the next year, Dynegy plans to cease operations at two coal-fired units at its Baldwin Power Station and one unit at its Newton Power Station.

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The company blamed the shutdowns on the failure to recover the plants’ “basic operating costs” in the most recent MISO (Midcontinent Independent System Operator) electricity auction.

A Dynegy spokeswoman said 190 jobs would end up eliminated with the shutdown.

“This is a difficult decision, and we don’t take it lightly. For 40 years, the employees of the Baldwin and Newton Power Stations have generated reliable and affordable power for the people of Illinois,” Chief Executive Robert Flexon said. “The men and women of these stations, just like the Wood River employees, have proudly and professionally served and safely operated these facilities for decades while contributing greatly to their communities.”

Earlier this year, Dynegy said it would retire its Wood River Power Station, located in Alton, Illinois, in June for similar reasons.