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Sierra Club to hold meeting in Geneva on Prairie State plant

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 5:27 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Batavia and Geneva residents are invited to a meeting Tuesday to learn more about the Prairie State Energy Campus, according to a news release.

The meeting, organized by the Sierra Club, will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St., Geneva.

The cities of Batavia and Geneva each have entered into a purchase agreement with Peabody Energy’s Prairie State Energy Campus, which is a coal-fired power plant some residents associate with increased electricity costs and environmental damage, according to the release.

Betsy Zinser of Batavia and Bill Scown of Geneva will speak about the consequences of the contracts and the steps the community and city government can take to improve the situation, the release said.

Geneva and Batavia are members of the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency. They each have an entitlement share in the Prairie State Generating Company. The company owns Prairie State Energy Campus in downstate Marissa, according to the city of Geneva's website.

As of Monday afternoon, about 30 local residents are expected to attend the meeting, said Caroline Wooten, an organizer with the Sierra Club's Illinois Chapter.

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