The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency provides wholesale electricity to its 33 members, which they resell on the retail market. IMEA's goal is to keep power costs low and to be insulated from the high prices that are increasingly common in the short-term power market.
Mascoutah, Illinois, offers the benefits of small town relaxation and quiet, while being close to big city amenities like airports and universities. Lately, Mascoutah's appeal has been catching on, causing a few growing pains for its utility.
"Reliability and long-term, stable power costs are very important to my city and my citizens," said Gerald Daugherty, mayor of Mascoutah. "Prairie State is a key component of the power supply we receive through the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency and will provide benefits to my community for decades to come."
"Prairie State allows us to provide the best services for our citizens," said Cody Hawkins, city manager of Mascoutah. "We can stay competitive with our rates, and our response time is twice as effective."
"Our citizens appreciate that when our power goes down, we have our own people out there to fix it," said Daugherty. He adds that when Prairie State was built, the whole area was excited about the employment opportunities.
"We definitely get an economic boost from the plant," said Hawkins. "We get a lot of plant employees passing through town – and we've seen some new construction and interest from developers in the area."