JOPPA (WRXX) – A Southern Illinois power plant officially closed Wednesday as part of the “Illinois Coal to Solar” program.
The Joppa Power Plant in Massac County is only one of two Vistra Energy plants in Illinois scheduled to close by the end of the decade.
Vistra announced plans in 2021 to close their Baldwin Power Plant in Randolph County and Joppa Power Plant. Coal-fired power plants owned by Vistra in Ohio are also part of the closure program.
The company said the closures will significantly reduce the their carbon footprint in the Midwest and help it achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The decision was made in part because of the “Illinois Coal to Solar” program, which aims for the state to be 100% green by 2050.
The state program will designate $40.7 million over a ten year period to convert the power plant into a battery energy storage facility.
The first payments are expected to be issued in 2025 when the facilities are expected to be commercially operational.