Editor's note 06-17-21

CWLP chief Doug Brown was right when he said in a recent interview that proposed energy legislation is shortsighted for focusing on the environmental goal of getting rid of coal, while ignoring other factors. Reliability, affordability, safety and nuclear waste should also be considered in planning the state's energy future. But Brown is probably wrong when he says 2035 is too soon to retire Dallman Unit 4, which will be the utility's last coal-fired generating plant. Long before 2035, Springfield's ratepayers, who own the utility after all, will find the potential savings from shutting the plant too inviting to resist. Read more about the pending state energy bill on page 5. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO