A trade group representing investor-owned Illinois power companies says proposed federal rules on emissions will have an impact on the availability and price of electricity… but says the impact may not be quite as bad as initially feared.
Jim Monk with the Illinois Energy Association notes that the proposed rules give states some flexibility in how to implement them. He also points that, unlike some neighboring states, Illinois only gets about 40% of its power from coal-fired plants, which may mean less drastic measures will be required.
But Monk says there are still legitimate fears that the proposed rules as written will drive up costs and cause job losses in the years to come.
City Water Light and Power has so far declined to comment on how the rules might affect its coal-fired plants.