It’s been years since the city of Hannibal has had a power plant capable of generating electricity. However, for possibly a few months in 2011 the Board of Public Works may be selling power on the open market.


It’s been years since the city of Hannibal has had a power plant capable of generating electricity. However, for possibly a few months in 2011 the Board of Public Works may be selling power on the open market.
Two years ago the BPW Board approved buying a share of a new coal-fired power plant that is still under construction in southern Illinois. The BPW agreed to buy 20 megawatts (MW) from the new plant which will have a 1,600 MW capacity.
“When we start purchasing energy from that plant it will cost us about $45 MW,” said Don Willis, who will soon be retiring as general manager of the BPW. “Right now we’re paying $65 MW. That’s why it’s going to be a good deal for us.”
Unfortunately, the BPW won’t be able to utilize the cheaper electricity from Prairie State, which is tentatively scheduled to see its first generator go on line in August 2011.
“Right now the city of Hannibal is in a full requirement contract with Ameren Energy Marketing (AEM) through the year 2011. It finishes Dec. 31, 2011,” said Willis. “What that means is when Prairie State goes on line, if it comes on line as scheduled in August, we will have power coming out of Prairie State that we cannot use.”

For additional details, see the Saturday, Dec. 26, edition of the Hannibal Courier-Post.