An energy company said state lawmakers’ failure to resolve energy-market deficiencies is partly to blame for coming layoffs at two southern Illinois power plants. In the coming months, Texas-based energy company Dynegy has two facilities scheduled for closure. The plants are located in southern Illinois, for a total of 100 lost jobs. One reason given is the high cost of the units.
Dynegy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Dean Ellis said another reason is Illinois being split into two different energy markets.
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Ellis said state lawmakers should make Illinois one energy market, instead of the current two markets split between northern and southern Illinois. Dynegy closed a plant in the southwestern town of Wood River because of the poor economy in June, impacting 80 employees.