To the Editor:
As a longtime resident of Batavia and a member of Sierra Club, I am more than concerned about the city’s contract involving Peabody Energy that binds the rate-payers to buy electrical power with steadily rising costs for the next 30 years from a coal plant that is far from clean.
It may well be true that when negotiations were being made between the city, Prairie State and Peabody Energy that it looked like a good deal for Batavia residents, but what was promised – low cost, clean electricity – never materialized. Now we are stuck in this very expensive contract and are left wondering how this could have happened.
The rate-payers of Batavia need to know if Peabody knowingly misrepresented the facts. I urge the Batavia City Council to request an investigation from the attorney general regarding this contract.
We all deserve to know the truth and to find out if there was any wrongdoing on anyone’s part, and the only way to find out is to launch a thorough investigation.