Randolph County Economic Development

Randolph County Economic Development

1 Taylor Street

Chester, Illinois 62233

618.826.5000 Ext 221

618.826.3363 Fax econdev@randolphco.org



Prairie State Energy Campus

 The Power to Succeed

No other region of the United States offers the electrical generating resources of the Randolph County region. The combined power capacity of Luminant's Baldwin facility and the Prairie State Energy Campus is more than 2500 megawatts. What can you power with that much electricity? Almost anything.


These providers contribute significantly to the regional economy by employing hundreds directly and they support even more jobs indirectly. Both use coal for generation, much of it from right here in the Randolph County region. Prairie State and Luminant's environmentally friendly operations use Kaskaskia River water for cooling. Prairie State imports scrubber stone, a necessary component in clean power generation, from nearby Missouri. The stone is barge-shipped by Southern Illinois Transfer up the Kaskaskia River to Kaskaskia Regional Port District's #1 Dock, where it is rail-shipped the short distance to Prairie State. Luminant's Baldwin Lake is a regional hot spot for trophy fishing and there is also a park facility at Baldwin Lake. Both the lake and park are maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


Coal and lime deposits abound in the Randolph County region. Hundreds are employed in the mining and transporting of these valuable commodities, helping to meet America's growing energy needs.


Locally, electricity is supplied by Ameren and Egyptian Electric Cooperative. Some cities and villages provide their own utilities including electricity and natural gas. Ameren is also a natural gas provider.


Telephone and high-speed Internet providers include Clearwave, NewWave Communications, Mediacom, Verizon and Egyptian Telephone Cooperative. CTS Technology Solutions offers a host of communications systems including structured cabling, closed circuit television and conferencing, and customer-specific installations.


When it comes to power and communicating, you'll find resources here that you won't find in any other location.  Whether you plan to operate a foundry, a big box store, or a back office customer service hub, your costs will make it more profitable to do business in Randolph County.