Don’t approve the Tenaska Bill (SB 1653)

Illinoisans shouldn’t be forced to buy overpriced, dirty coal power for the next 30 years.

Unfortunately, when the legislature reconvenes for its veto session next week, they will consider the Tenaska Bill (SB 1653), which would do just that, by building a new plant in Taylorville, Ill.

A generation from now, our children will still be paying above-market prices, while Tenaska takes profits out of state for its dirty and obsolete energy.

The proposed plant will cause pollution comparable to an old-fashioned coal plant (equivalent to putting almost a million more cars on the road), and, according to a report by the Illinois Commerce Commission, cost Illinois ratepayers almost an added $300 million in energy costs each year.

When Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-52) and Rep. Naomi Jakobsson (D-103) return to Springfield next week, they will have a choice — to lock Illinois into three more decades of expensive, dirty power or to keep us moving towards a clean energy future. We call upon them to oppose the Tenaska Bill.

*Mallory Mattimore-Malan,*

campaign coordinator for Environment Illinois