Tuesday Meeting Takes Hard Look at Coal Power, Costs
Members of the local Sierra Club will meet Tuesday to discuss a coal-fueled energy contract between Prairie State Energy and various Kane County municipalities, including the city of Batavia.
The community meeting for Coal Contract Transparency is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 102 S. Second St., Geneva.
Caroline Wooten of the Sierra Club is the contact person. More information about the issue can be found at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis website and on the city of Batavia’s website.
The city of Batavia held a public hearing in February to explain rate increases associated with the purchase of Prairie State power. At that time, the city was proposing a 16 percent electric rate increase, or raising the sales tax a half percent and electric rates 10 percent.
Several communities, including Geneva, use Prairie State power.
- Chicago Tribune: Residents seek answers on Batavia electric rates
- Daily Herald: Geneva residents voicing electricity cost complaints
- City of Batavia: Prairie State Basic Concepts and Utility Financial Projections
- City of Batavia: Prairie State Energy Project Q &A for Feb. 24 Open House
- Prairie State Coal Plant Tracker