City Water, Light and Power
|Headquarters||800 East Monroe|
Springfield, IL 62701
|Key people||Todd Renfrow, General Manager|
|Industry||Electric Producer and Utility|
|Parent||City of Springfield, Illinois|
City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) is the largest municipally owned utility in the U.S. state of Illinois. The utility provides the city of Springfield, Illinois with drinking water, from Lake Springfield, and electric power from its two coal-fired power plants.
Out of its total 651 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.06% of the U.S. total), CWLP produces 71.1% from coal, 21.3% from natural gas, and 7.6% from oil. All of CWLP's power plants are in Sangamon County, Illinois.
Existing coal-fired power plants
|Plant Name||State||County||Year(s) Built||Capacity||2007 CO2 Emissions||2006 SO2 Emissions|
|Dallman||IL||Sangamon||1968, 1972, 1978||388 MW||2,718,000 tons||41,523 tons|
|Lakeside Station||IL||Sangamon||1961, 1965||75 MW||215,000 tons||N/A|
In 2006, CWLP's two coal-fired power plants emitted 2.93 million tons of CO2 and at least 42,000 tons of SO2.
Proposed Coal Plants
The proposed 250 megawatt (MW) unit would replace 76 MW currently provided by two older units at the existing site. The Sierra Club led an effort towards a settlement in which CWLP agreed to close their Lakeside plant (one of the nation’s dirtiest) and build a replacement plant with the lowest pollution rates in the nation, clean up three other boilers, accord with the Kyoto Protocol standards by reducing global warming emissions, and double Illinois’ wind power capacity with 120 MW of new wind turbines.
Articles and Resources
- About CWLP, City Water, Light & Power, City of Springfield. Retrieved 24 February 2007.
- CWLP Electric Division, City Water, Light & Power, City of Springfield. Retrieved 24 February 2007.
- Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
- Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
- Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
- “Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants,” National Energy Tech Lab, May 1, 2007, page 12. (Pdf)
- “Sierra Club, Springfield Create Groundbreaking Clean Energy Plan”, Illinois Sierra Club website, November 17, 2006