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October 23, 2014

Prairie State Generating Company Names Chief Executive Officer

Prairie State Generating Company Names Chief Executive Officer
Donald Gaston Joins PSGC Executive Leadership Team

MARISSA, IL – The Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC), announced today that the Board of Directors has appointed Donald Gaston as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Gaston has an extensive professional background in supercritical fossil generation, comprehensive safety programs, environmental controls technology and marked performance in improving power plant reliability throughout his more than 30 years in the electric generation industry.
“After a thorough and deliberate nationwide search, the board is pleased that Mr. Gaston will lead PSGC as our next President and CEO,” said Marc Gerken, PSGC’s Chairman and interim CEO. “Mr. Gaston brings a unique combination of industry knowledge and a proven track record in effective power plant operations, owner relations and strategic planning. By bringing on a CEO with Mr. Gaston’s level of skills, experience and vision, we are confident that Prairie State will be well-suited for continued progress, while maintaining its commitment to serving the company’s member-owners.”
Mr. Gaston most recently served as the Director of Fossil Generation for the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), one of the 10 largest electric companies in the U.S. and New Jersey’s oldest and largest publicly owned utility. In this capacity, he was accountable for the successful management of safety, environmental compliance, reliability, and financial performance of 5800 megawatts of coal fired, oil fired, and natural gas generation. Prior to his time with PSEG, Mr. Gaston served as Southern Company’s Environmental Program Manager, and Plant Manager at Tennessee Valley Authority’s Paradise Fossil Plant, where he was responsible for all aspects of managing 2400 megawatts of supercritical coal fired units. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, and completed the TVA Executive Development Program at Vanderbilt University.
As President and CEO, Mr. Gaston is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the Prairie State Energy Campus, and oversees coordination with the Prairie State ownership group, which includes 8 non-profit power companies serving 2.5 million member-owners across eight states, and Peabody Energy. Effective November 24, 2014, Mr. Gaston joins COO, Randy Short, and the PSGC Executive Leadership Team, adding further strength to campus operations and reliability.
Located in Washington County, Illinois, the Prairie State Energy Campus is a technologically-advanced mine-mouth, electric generation facility, utilizing domestic Illinois coal resources to power its 1600 megawatt power plant. Prairie State’s owners, which represent 10 percent of public power, invested more than $1 billion in environmental emissions control equipment, placing Prairie State’s power plant among the top 10 cleanest plants in the nation. For more information, please visit our website:


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