There are many ways for future electricity rates to go down while coal use also declines. Illinois' renewable portfolio standard aims to get 25 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and in the process, shrink bills.
The thinking among Springfield insiders up until a few weeks had been that the legislature was likely to override Governor Quinn's veto of ComEd's "Smart Grid" bill. That was before the Occupy Wall Street movement ignited.
Big Coal utility giant Ameren just got confirmation that a pay-off check for nearly $1 billion is in the mail, courtesy of US taxpayers. Too bad the farmers contaminated by coal slurry in nearby Illinois never received such compensation.