The union that covers 76 employees at the Wood River Dynegy Energy coal-fired power plant is reporting the facility will be allowed to close. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator had ordered the plant to stay open about a month ago as it looked for other options, but apparently will not issue a must-run contract when it meets next week.
IBEW Local 51 covers 76 employees at the plant. A public forum on the possible closure was held in January in Alton. Attempts to contact the union for comment has so far been unsuccessful. Dynegy has declined an offer to comment until after the MISO meeting next week. You can see the statement released by MISO below.
“MISO’s chief mission is to ensure the reliability of the electric grid. When a generator makes the decision to retire or suspend a power plant, MISO is required to study if the retirement of that power plant will cause any violations of reliability standards. In this case, it was determined that transmission infrastructure coming into service and other steps can be taken to address any reliability issues resulting from the retirement of the units.”