ALTON — Houston-based power company Dynegy announced plans Wednesday to phase out its Wood River coal-fired power plant in Alton, with a targeted retirement date of mid-2016. In its announcement, Dynegy cited unfavorable market conditions as the reason for the closure.
In response to the news, Elizabeth Scrafford, an organizer with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Alton, released the following statement:
“Today, the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign is focused on the workers at Dynegy’s Wood River coal plant and their families and is committed to working in solidarity to maximize new opportunities for the skilled workforce at the plant. We recognize Dynegy’s commitment to minimize worker impact by partnering with the union that represents the large majority of these employees to identify opportunities for workers to transition to other plants in the Dynegy fleet and other efforts to help facilitate the transition for those who are unable to secure other roles. The Sierra Club continues to fight statewide for additional policies that will jump-start the state’s energy economy to allow for new, family-sustaining jobs for the workers impacted by a rapidly changing energy market.”