Greising: The Tangled and Uncertain Future of Prairie State Energy Campus

There are all kinds of moving parts in the multi-party, omnibus energy bill expected to be finalized next week in Springfield.

Illinois State Capitol Bldg (davidwilson1949/Flickr)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

Sometimes a bad deal is just a bad deal. And it’s not Springfield’s job to try to make it right. In fact, it would be a mistake to even try.

That’s a lesson to keep in mind when contemplating the future of the Prairie State Energy Campus.

Prairie State, and what to do about it, stood in the way of major utility re-regulation late last month as the spring legislative session wound down.

Lawmakers will be headed to Springfield next week to finish their work. This means the pressure to prolong the life of Prairie State, or to bail out the dozens of towns and cities that are owner-customers of a coal-fired power plant that is one of the nation’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, could rise again.

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