The Illinois Coal Association

is the professional trade organization

responsible for the promotion of Illinois coal, a natural resource found in great abundance in Illinois. To carry out its mission, the Springfield-based Association represents the coal industry in the state in governmental affairs, in public relations and in related matters. Through the Association, companies producing coal in Illinois deal with issues affecting their interests with a single unified voice.

About Us

The Illinois Coal Association is a not-for-profit corporation - incorporated under Illinois law in 1878.

Illinois Coal Membership

Membership in the Illinois Coal Association is comprised of two categories, Company Membership and Associate Membership:

Please visit our Join the ICA page to see more information about membership and to download an application.

ICA Board Chairperson

Alyssa Harre is the Director of External Affairs and Organizational Strategy for the Prairie State Generating Company. 

Located in Washington County, Illinois

ICA President

Day-to-day operations of the Association are directed by a full-time president, Nick Williams, whose duties include the coordination of relations between the Illinois coal mining industry and the various state agencies regulating the industry or interacting with it in some other way. 

The annual economic impact of Illinois coal production and generation is

$4.2 billion

Illinois Coal Association members employ 3,000 Illinois residents

with an average annual salary of $80,000

According to a recent economic study, coal mines and coal-fired power plants in Illinois created over

13,000 jobs

in the state.

$244 million

Coal mines and coal-fired plants located throughout the state of Illinois serve as a major source of tax revenue, providing funding for Illinois schools and more.

Illinois coal sold in state is already subject to a 6.25% sales tax. The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition continues to push for a 6% severance tax on the gross value of coal extracted in Illinois. This added tax would accelerate shutting down the state’s baseload power supply, while simultaneously putting 13,000 Illinois residents out of work.

Illinois mines are already at a competitive disadvantage with adjacent coal-producing states like Indiana and Kentucky. A coal severance tax will force the shift of production to other states, cause Illinois mines to close, and diminish economic prosperity for downstate Illinois.

Now more than ever, Illinois needs reliable energy. This means maintaining an all of the above approach to energy policy while more intermittent sources of energy come online.

A Diverse Energy Mix

The Illinois Coal Association supports an “All of the Above” energy strategy because each electricity resource― coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, and storage technology ― complements each other in different ways to provide reliable and affordable electricity.

Coal Keeps the Lights On: Powering the Transition

In Illinois, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and PJM Interconnection are the Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) responsible for manging supply and demand of the electric grid. Coal-fired power plants represent 55,000 MW of supply in MISO and 49,000 MW in PJM.

The coal fleet has been the foundation of the American electricity grid and continues to be an integral part of the evolving energy landscape.

With an infrastructure network that includes a complex transmission system, and access to highways, railways,  and waterways, the coal fleet provides consistent, dispatchable, fuel-secure power on a 24/7 basis.   It is critical to maintaining affordable electricity prices, and a reliable and resilient electricity grid.

Reliable and Affordable Electricity

More than any other fuel, coal helped build the United States into a strong and prosperous nation. Yet coal is needed now more than ever. Coal is America’s most abundant energy resource—making up 90 percent of U.S. fossil energy reserves on a Btu basis.  

Reliability is all about keeping America’s lights on. A more reliable grid is one with fewer and shorter power interruptions. Coal is fuel secure and dispatchable 24/7/365. Coal is not dependent on weather or just-in-time fuel delivery. The coal fleet helps to keep electricity prices affordable. States that maintain coal as part of their fuel mix pay lower electricity prices than the national average.

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