Edwards Coal-Fired Plant Settlement: Request for Project Proposals

RFP Process

On November 13, 2019, Judge Joe Billy McDade approved a Consent Decree in NRDC, Sierra Club, and Respiratory Health Association’s case against the owner of the E.D. Edwards coal-fired power plant, located in Bartonville, Illinois. The settlement requires Edwards’ owner to close the plant by the end of 2022 (subject to regulatory approval) and to provide $8.6 million in funding for projects to benefit the greater Peoria region. This project funding is divided into two categories:

  1. $6.88 million for public health or environmental projects that benefit the greater Peoria, Illinois area, as defined in Appendix A to the Consent Decree.
  2. $1.72 million for projects that provide funding for job training and/or re-training programs at Peoria-area schools and organizations, that encompass a range of industries and that may be made accessible to Edwards employees and others.

On November 21, 2019, the plaintiffs in the litigation, along with local partner groups, announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects to fund using the $8.6 million provided in the settlement.

The deadline to apply for funding has passed. We expect to announce funding decisions the week of February 17.

Please direct any questions to RFP Administrator Joyce Harant at (888) 201-9377 or edwardsRFP@gmail.com. You can also consult our running list of Frequently Asked Questions.