2019 VPPPA National Conference

2019 VPPPA National Conference

At the end of August, a group of Prairie State employees attended the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) National Conference in New Orleans. These conferences help our employees in the pursuit of achieving VPP Star site status, and we appreciate their commitment to safety. More
Lively Grove Mine Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Lively Grove Mine Celebrates 10th Anniversary

In August, our Lively Grove Mine celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first coal cut from the mine. On that day, they raised this flag to celebrate their recent CORESafety certification. We are proud of our mine employees’ achievements, and we thank them for their commitment to the Prairie State team. More
Mechanical Maintenance Crew

Mechanical Maintenance Crew

The mechanical maintenance crew is tasked with maintaining equipment to increase reliability, ensuring that any piece of equipment is available for operation when needed. This work can include greasing equipment, completing oil changes, and pulling oil samples, which allows them to find any contaminants and predict impending failures. This crew is also responsible for repairing mechanical failu… More
Electrical I&C Maintenance Crew

Electrical I&C Maintenance Crew

Our power plant’s maintenance crews perform critical work to ensure operational reliability. The electrical instrumentation and controls (I&C) maintenance crew is responsible for all aspects of electrical equipment in preventive, predictive, and corrective maintenance. Electrical I&C maintenance technicians also ensure that process instrumentation for indications such as temperature, … More
NERC Compliance & Cybersecurity

NERC Compliance & Cybersecurity

At our power plant, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) requires controls be put in place to maintain cybersecurity. NERC has 13 Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards that range from physical protections to electronic protections. According to Mark Jones, Engineering Supervisor, Prairie State’s power plant goes above and beyond most of these requirements. … More