Get involved with the Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club 


  • Come learn about getting involved in our volunteer board (we call it an excom or executive committee). We'll be having a special meeting for folks interested in getting involved tomorrow, June 26th @ 6pm in the Bicentennial Room of the Lincoln Library (3rd floor). 
  • Do you love to hike and explore the ourdoors? Help us lead hikes by becoming an outings leader and you'll get to design your own outings. For more info, email Stephen Soltys @
  • Do you love pollinators? Join our monarch team and help save the butterflies! email Beverly Bunch @

Tell CWLP what you think

Springfield owns and operates its own coal fired power plant, operated by City Water, Light and Power (CWLP).  For the first time ever, CWLP is making a long range plan called an Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP for short. The City has hired The Energy Authority to conduct the plan and is asking for input on what they should include in forecasting models.  

Within this process, we as a community need to be discussing what we want our energy future to look like.  How can CWLP save customers money by providing more energy efficiency programs? How can we reduce the amount of coal ash being generated that pollutes our groundwater by investing in clean energy sources?

The plan will help identify what type and mix of generation (coal, natural gas, wind, solar and energy efficiency) will be best suited to provide reliable and reasonably priced electrical power to meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years.

As the energy market moves towards clean energy, it’s important that this plan include clean energy options in it’s modeling scenarios…  add your voice by sending a comment to CWLP.


Comments Due: June 28, 2018

Email comments:
You can also send feedback through this form


Talking Points:

  • We want to see CWLP include and maximize renewables and energy efficiency in modeling for the Integrated Resource Plan

  • We want health and environmental impacts on our community included and quantified in this plan, including expected benefits of cleaner energy sources

  • The public are the rightful owners of CWLP and should have a voice in this plan at each step of the way. Once the modeling scenarios are complete , City Council and CWLP need to go back into the community to hold public meetings.

Tips for Public Comment:

  • Don’t worry about including highly technical information. Use the talking points and keep it simple. This is your chance to inform City Council of your vision for CWLP’s future.

  • Include your name and address

  • Keep it personal: You can use examples from your own life about how air and water pollution has impacted your life an lives to demonstrate why you think CWLP should include clean energy in this plan

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