A town hall style forum was held last night to discuss the future of the Wood River Dynegy Energy coal-fired power plant. About 100 people turned out at Jacoby Arts Center in Alton to talk about the possible closure of the plant and the future of the property.
Among those in attendance who spoke were Mayor of Wood River Frank Akers, East Alton Mayor Joe Silkwood, and Alton Mayor Brant Walker.
All three area mayors were there because while the plant is named for Wood River it is actually located in East Alton, but has an Alton mailing address. Managing Director of Communications for Dynegy Inc. Micah Hirschfield tells The Big Z there is a chance the plant could stay open:
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Meanwhile Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club's Piasa Palisades Group of Alton Laura Asher says Dynegy has treated other plants poorly in the past.
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Wood River Mayor Frank Akers says he believes the best thing that could happen to the 450 acre coal power plant if it were to shut down would be to make it a green space.
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The fate of the plant should be known by mid February after the reliability study has been conducted.