Dynegy took over Coffeen and four other Illinois coal-fire plants in early 2014 by assuming some $850 million in Ameren debt. In 2017, the merger with Vistra Energy was announced, a deal that was completed on April 9, 2018.
Vistra will continue to push for the "coal to solar and energy storage act" legislation during the Illinois General Assembly fall veto session for incentives to re-purpose coal-fueled power plant sites into solar and battery energy storage facilities. According to Vistra, the legislation would allow the company to re-use substantial transmission infrastructure and its existing footprint of available land at its coal-fueled power plants to develop renewable energy facilities, mitigating employment and property tax impact to plant communities and helping Illinois meet its clean energy goals.
Looks like Governor Pritzker and Vistra working together would further the governor's goal of doing away with all coal-fueled electric power plants. This would also benefit Vistra's continued push for the coal to solar and energy storage act.