Edwards Generation Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

E.D. Edwards Generation Plant was a 644.3-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station operated by Illinois Power Resources Generating LLC near Bartonville, Illinois.


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Plant Data

  • Owner: Illinois Power Resources Generating LLC
  • Parent Company: Vistra Energy
  • Plant Nameplate Capacity: 780.3 MW (Megawatts)
  • Units and In-Service Dates: Unit 1: 136.0 MW (1960), Unit 2: 280.5 MW (1968), Unit 3: 363.8 MW (1972)
  • Location: 7800 South Cilco Ln., Bartonville, IL 61607
  • GPS Coordinates: 40.603589, -89.663447
  • Coal Consumption:
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  • Number of Employees:
  • Unit Retirement: Unit 1 retired in 2015, Remaining units retired at the end of 2022.[1][2]

Plant ownership

The plant was owned by Ameren, an Illinois power company. In mid-March 2013, Dynegy purchased three electric generating subsidiaries and five coal plants from Ameren, including Edwards Station.[3][4]

On April 9, 2018, Texas-based Vistra Energy, the parent company for TXU Energy and Luminant, announced it had completed its merger with Dynegy. Vistra Energy will be the name of the combined company moving forward.[5]


Unit 1 was retired on December 31, 2015.[6][7]

On September 16, 2019, the Sierra Club and partners announced a settlement with Vistra Energy over a 2013 Clean Air Act lawsuit. The settlement includes the retirement of the E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant by the end of 2022 and US$8.6 million in funding for workforce development and public health and environmental projects that benefit Peoria-area communities. The proposed settlement must still undergo review and approval from the Judge in the case.[8] The plant retired on schedule, and the land will be repurposed into a battery energy storage facility that will have 37 megawatts of capacity.[2]

Emissions Data

  • 2006 CO2 Emissions: 5,989,144 tons
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Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Edwards

In 2010, Abt Associates issued a study commissioned by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, quantifying the deaths and other health effects attributable to fine particle pollution from coal-fired power plants.[9] Fine particle pollution consists of a complex mixture of soot, heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Among these particles, the most dangerous are those less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which are so tiny that they can evade the lung's natural defenses, enter the bloodstream, and be transported to vital organs. Impacts are especially severe among the elderly, children, and those with respiratory disease. The study found that over 13,000 deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic bronchitis, acute bronchitis, asthma, congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, chronic lung disease, and pneumonia each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. coal plant emissions. These deaths and illnesses are major examples of coal's external costs, i.e. uncompensated harms inflicted upon the public at large. Low-income and minority populations are disproportionately impacted as well, due to the tendency of companies to avoid locating power plants upwind of affluent communities. To monetize the health impact of fine particle pollution from each coal plant, Abt assigned a value of $7,300,000 to each 2010 mortality, based on a range of government and private studies. Valuations of illnesses ranged from $52 for an asthma episode to $440,000 for a case of chronic bronchitis.[10]

Table 1: Death and disease attributable to fine particle pollution from Edwards Generation Plant

Type of Impact Annual Incidence Valuation
Deaths 7 $48,000,000
Heart attacks 10 $1,100,000
Asthma attacks 110 $6,000
Hospital admissions 5 $110,000
Chronic bronchitis 4 $1,800,000
Asthma ER visits 7 $3,000

Source: "Find Your Risk from Power Plant Pollution," Clean Air Task Force interactive table, accessed March 2011

Coal Waste Site

Articles and Resources


  1. "Vistra to retire 6.8 GW coal, blaming 'irreparably dysfunctional MISO market" Utilitydive.com, September 30, 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Edwards power plant is now closed permanently. Here's what happens next". Peoria Public Radio. 2023-01-11. Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  3. Boshart, Glen. "Dynegy Bid to Buy Ameren's Merchant Plants Makes Its Way to FERC." SNL Power Daily with Market Report. April 18, 2013.
  4. Yeagle, Patrick. "Shell Game." Illinois Times. September 19, 2013
  5. "Vistra / Dynegy Merger," Vistra Energy website, accessed August 2018
  6. "Form 10-K," SEC, Feb 2016
  7. Form EIA-860 Data - Schedule 3, 'Generator Data' US EIA, 2014
  8. "Sierra Club, Environmental Groups, Vistra Propose Settlement Agreement to Retire E.D. Edwards Coal Plant and Fund Community Projects," Sierra Club, September 16, 2019
  9. "The Toll from Coal: An Updated Assessment of Death and Disease from America's Dirtiest Energy Source," Clean Air Task Force, September 2010.
  10. "Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool," Prepared for the Clean Air Task Force by Abt Associates, July 2010

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