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May 16, 2014

Prairie State Generating Company Announces CEO Change

May 16, 2014

Prairie State Generating Company Announces CEO Change

MARISSA, IL – The Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC) Board announced today that its Chair, Duncan Kincheloe, has been named interim President & CEO. Kincheloe replaces Peter DeQuattro, who has tendered his resignation from the position. Kincheloe’s appointment is effective immediately.

The PSGC Management Committee thanked DeQuattro for his six years of service and contributions to Prairie State and extended the board’s best wishes for his future endeavors. Marc Gerken, President & CEO of American Municipal Power (AMP) and Vice Chair of the PSGC board, will lead a nationwide search to select a suitable industry leader as a permanent president of Prairie State.

“We’ve built a major new organization, two state-of-the-art supercritical power plants, and a great mining operation during my years with Prairie State,” DeQuattro said. “This month’s successful shakedown testing of Unit 2 with the Illinois EPA makes it a good time to thank my team at Prairie State and look for a new challenge.”

“The entire board has great confidence in Prairie State’s senior management team that I will be working with during this transition,” said Kincheloe. “We also have diverse expertise among other board members I will be drawing on.” Kincheloe noted that co-owners of Prairie State operate other Illinois power plants, and that Prairie Power Inc. CEO Jay Bartlett formerly served as Chief Engineer of Springfield, Illinois City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) as it constructed and put its newest plant in service. Bartlett serves on the Executive Committee of the Prairie State board.

Duncan Kincheloe has been CEO of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA) and Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) since 1999, and has served as an officer of the Prairie State board (“Management Committee”) since its organization in 2007. He earlier served as a commissioner of Missouri’s utility regulatory commission, as vice-chair of the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and as Director of Government Relations of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. He is a licensed attorney.

“While the current state of the electric markets temporarily mask the effects of the reduced supply as other plants are retired for economic and environmental reasons, the Prairie State project was designed and built to comply with all current environmental regulations,” Kincheloe continued. “This winter’s increased electric and gas demand has shown the importance of projects like Prairie State to promote long term cost stability and resource reliability for our customers. Rising gas prices and western coal’s rail delivery issues won’t be problems at Prairie State.”

PSGC is located in Washington County, Illinois. Prairie State Energy Campus includes a coal-fired generating plant and adjacent coal mine. The facility generates 1600 MWs of power, with 95 percent of the output dedicated to eight (8) Midwestern-based non-profit utilities.


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