Ameren Wants More Time on Coal Plant Pollution
Monday, August 6, 2012
Midwest Energy News delves into Ameren’s request for more time to install pollution controls at its Illinois coal plants. This piece, which includes the perspective of fellow energy company Dynegy, also discusses a recent notice Ameren received from US EPA.
ELPC Senior Attorney Faith Bugel is quoted in the piece:
“Ameren is asking us to have faith they will finish the project in 2020, but there’s not a whole lot of assurance in that,” she said. “It’s like reading tea leaves. Who knows what natural gas prices will be at that time, who knows what coal prices will be. The state wants to do whatever it can to grow the economy and protect jobs; the state EPA and the Governor’s office do not want to be responsible for people losing jobs right now, and it’s so easy to blame the state. But the writing might be on the wall for these plants anyway.”