City Water, Light and Power

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City Water, Light and Power
Type Municipal Utility
Headquarters 800 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
Area served IL
Key people Todd Renfrow, General Manager
Industry Electric Producer and Utility
Water Utility
Products Electricity, Water
Revenue N/A
Net income N/A
Employees N/A
Parent City of Springfield, Illinois
Divisions Electric Division
Water Division

City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) is the largest municipally owned utility in the U.S. state of Illinois.[1] The utility provides the city of Springfield, Illinois with drinking water, from Lake Springfield, and electric power from its two coal-fired power plants.[2]

Power portfolio

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.[3]

Existing coal-fired power plants

CWLP had 5 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 463 MW of capacity. Here is a list of CWLP's coal power plants:[3][4][5]

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

Dallman Unit 4 is a coal plant proposed by CWLP to be built at their existing power plant in Springfield, Illinois. [6]

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.[7]

Articles and Resources


  1. About CWLP, City Water, Light & Power, City of Springfield. Retrieved 24 February 2007.
  2. CWLP Electric Division, City Water, Light & Power, City of Springfield. Retrieved 24 February 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  4. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  5. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
  6. “Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants,” National Energy Tech Lab, May 1, 2007, page 12. (Pdf)
  7. “Sierra Club, Springfield Create Groundbreaking Clean Energy Plan”, Illinois Sierra Club website, November 17, 2006

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