The Nov. 4, 2021, issue of the Metropolis Planet included the article “County accepts Vistra's agreement" from the Massac County Commission's Nov. 2 meeting.
Massac County State's Attorney Josh Stratemeyer has notified The Planet concerning a clarification of a statement made in that article.
The article stated: “(Commissioner Jerel) Childers asked what happens after 2025. Stratemeyer explained the agreement says the property is going to be turned into a battery storage site and will be assessed accordingly.”
Stratemeyer wrote in an email on Friday, Nov. 5, the future plan for the EEI site is not part of the agreement with the county.
“I indicated that according to a news release by Vistra, it is their intention to turn the EEI/Joppa site into a stand-alone battery energy storage site and that they expect to have those projects enter into commercial service by 2025,” Stratemeyer wrote. “However, there is nothing in the agreement which requires Vistra or EEI to turn the location into a stand-alone battery energy storage site. That is their current announced plan but again it is not part of this agreement.”
In addition, the Joppa-Maple Grove School District accepted an agreement with Vistra at its Oct. 25 meeting, not on Oct. 27 as stated in the article.