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NIMPA Historical Background



The Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency ("NIMPA") was established in 2004 for the purpose of effecting joint development of electric energy resources for the production, transmission and distribution of electric power and energy . Its current members include the neighboring communities of Geneva, Batavia, and Rochelle, Illinois. Together, NIMPA's members serve approximately 60,000

inhabitants, with an annual peak load of approximately 230 MW.

NIMPA is a project agency, meaning that it undertakes obligations to supply power and energy or related services to its members only when requested by its members to do so. Administrative and management services are provided for NIMPA by Avant Energy, Inc., located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 2007, NIMPA's Board of Directors unanimously approved participation in the "Prairie State Project," which consists of an approximately 1600 MW pulverized coal fired generating station, coal reserves adjacent to the plant site and associated mine, rail, water and coal combustion waste storage and ancillary support facilities located in Washington and Randolph counties in southwest Illinois. The Prairie State Project is being developed by Prairie State Generating Company, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Peabody-Energy Corporation., on behalf of NIMPA and other Project owners, all of whom are public power (that is, non-profit municipally-owned or cooperative) entities. The Prairie State Project will incorporate state-of-the-art emissions control technology. NIMPA has acquired an undivided 120 MW interest in the Project to serve a portion of the load of each of its members by means of separate power sales agreements.

In addition to the Prairie State Project, NIMPA is currently evaluating participation in wind and other renewable energy projects.