For the second time in as many weeks, a bipartisan group of Illinois legislators gathered at the capitol to discuss their support for Illinois coal and to make sure that coal is part of the entire overall energy discussion. State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says in just the past 20 years there is a big difference in where the coal industry stands in Illinois’ economy.
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State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) is part of the group of central and southern Illinois legislators who insist coal be part of a larger current capital conversation about the state’s overall energy policy.
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Members of the General Assembly from both the House and Senate are looking at measures which would change the "fuel adjustment charge" that allows utilities to pass along to their customers the cost of transporting coal from the West to power plants in Illinois. It was mentioned that it costs $26 a ton to ship coal into the state but only $6 a ton to ship Illinois coal within the state.