Southwest Power Station Unit 2
In Nov. 2004, Springfield voters rejected the Southwest power plant, but City Utilities of Springfield (SCU) put the plant on the ballot as a special election in June 2006, at which point the vote passed.
On Aug. 24, 2006, the Sierra Club appealed a Missouri judge’s decision to allow City Utilities of Springfield to go forward with plans to build Southwest II. In August 2007, the Missouri Supreme Court declined to hear Sierra Club’s appeal of the permit.
City Councilman Doug Burlison initiated a petition asking state auditors to consider whether the way SCU handled the permit was improper; the petition gathered 5,874 signatures, more than the 5,000 necessary to force a state audit. State Auditor Susan Montee’s 73-page report, released Dec. 18, 2007, criticizes SCU for behaving more like a corporation than a public utility, and suggests that SCU contributions to local organizations may violate the Missouri State Constitution. The Missouri Attorney General will be responsible for any final decision on SCU’s practices.
Sponsor: Springfield City Utilities
Location: Springfield, MO
Capacity: 330 MW
Type: Conventional pulverized coal
Projected in service: 2011
Status: Operating November 2010
- Columbia Climate Change Coalition, monta [at] columbiaclimatechangecoalition.org
- Missouri Sierra Club, Melissa Hope, melissa.hope [at] sierraclub.org
- Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Erin Noble, enoble [at] moenviron.org
- "Southwest 2: This Time, Voters Say Yes", News Leader, June 7, 2006.
- "Permit Errors and Future Pollution Levels Prompt Sierra Club Appeal", Missouri Sierra Club, September 2006.
- "Highest Court Last Resort for Sierra Club in Mo. Coal-Plant Duel", LegalNewsline, August 23, 2007.
- “Audit Criticizes CU; Utility Fires Back", News-Leader, December 19, 2007.
- "New coal-fired power plant begins producing electricity in southwest Missouri" KSPR, Nov. 9, 2010.
- Wes Johnson, "Southwest 2 power plant now burning coal" News-Leader.com, Nov. 20, 2010.
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- "Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants", National Energy Technology Lab, May 2007, page 15. (Pdf)
- "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed January 2008. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
- SW2, project overview on City Utilities corporate website, accessed January 2008
- City Utilities news updates, News-Leader, accessed January 2008. (This is a page aggregating CU-related articles published by the paper).