The Shelbyville Rotary Club held their weekly meeting held at the Shelbyville Memorial Hospital. This week’s program coordinator Brian Green introduced this week’s guest speaker, Josh Shellenbarger, who is CEO and President of Shelby Electric Cooperative.
Shellenbarger presented an electronic presentation and reviewed current electrical and energy issues, highlighting the problems and opportunities of Illinois and the immediate surrounding states. One problem Shellenbarger pointed out was how 3 of Illinois’ 10 biggest power producing plants are possibly planning to close in the next two to three years, and how should this happen, it would reduce the state’s ability to produce energy to the point where Illinois will be importing energy from other states. Shellenbarger also presented the push for clean energy to be a larger part of the total mix of energy in the future.