New jobs in Meredosia, Ill.

The following statements are attributed to Dick Durbin:

The U.S. Department of Energy says it will drop plans to build a futuristic power plant in eastern Illinois but still use the location to store carbon dioxide underground.

The so-called FutureGen project originally was to include an experimental coal-fired power plant near Mattoon.

Carbon dioxide from burning the coal would have been stored underground.

Now, the department says an existing plant in western Illinois will be retrofitted and carbon from that plant piped to Mattoon for storage.

FutureGen has been in the planning stages for years.

Developers had been working the past 11 months to cut its costs.

This will mean 47 to 50 full time jobs for Meredosia and does not count new construction jobs.

The $737 million to repower Meredosia is part of a $1.2 billion dollar project.


The following is a press release from Governor Quinn and Senator Durbin:

Governor Quinn and Senator Durbin Issue Joint Statement on FutureGen 2.0

Plans Move Project Forward at Mattoon, Other Illinois Locations, Will Bring Thousands of Jobs to State

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today responded to Secretary of the Department of Energy Steven Chu TMs announcement that the Department will be moving forward with FutureGen 2.0 in Illinois. FutureGen 2.0 will be a cutting-edge, clean coal repowering program and a carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network that can be a model for the nation.

Governor Quinn and Senator Durbin released the following statement:

Three years ago, Illinois was announced as the national winner, today we are announcing that Illinois will still be in the lead when it comes to cutting-edge coal research and creating jobs.

Secretary Chu today confirmed that more than $1 billion in federal Recovery Act funding will be invested in Illinois to break ground on FutureGen 2.0 " a project centered in Mattoon with new projects in Meredosia and other parts of the state.

Advances in other large scale carbon sequestration projects since then have required the Department of Energy to re-tool the project in order to keep the United States on the cutting-edge of clean coal technology.

The people of Illinois have overcome attempts to kill this program, delays and extensions since FutureGen was originally proposed six years ago.

FutureGen 2.0 allows Illinois to remain a leader in innovative technology that will serve as a model for the nation. The new project stays true to the original goal of 90 percent CO2 capture and will provide thousands of good paying jobs in our state.

We would like to thank Coles Together, the Department of Energy, the FutureGen Alliance, Congressman Tim Johnson and the Illinois Congressional Delegation for working hard with us to keep this project alive for so many years.

FutureGen 2.0 will bring more than 1,000 construction jobs to downstate Illinois and another 1,000 jobs to suppliers across the state. The technology for repowering and retrofitting plants derived from FutureGen 2.0 will lead to a decade-long project of repowering and retrofitting many coal-fired power plants in Illinois, creating more than 30,000 jobs in our state over the next ten years.

Across the country, 594 coal-fired plants could be candidates for retrofitting and repowering and thousands more globally. The technology and the training center for those efforts will be centered in Illinois.

The more than $1 billion that was set aside for the original FutureGen project will be reprogrammed and awarded to the FutureGen Alliance, Babcock & Wilcox, Ameren and Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc. to build FutureGen 2.0. The funding will support four primary areas of work in the state of Illinois:

- The Department of Energy and its partners will establish a regional deep saline injection CO2 storage facility in Mattoon, Illinois;

- The Department of Energy, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and the Illinois Building Trades Council, also plan to develop a regional training center on the Mattoon site to train workers in building and repowering coal-fired power stations with advanced technologies;

- The Department of Energy TMs partners will retrofit and repower Ameren TMs idle coal-fired power plant in Meredosia, Illinois with advanced Oxy"combustion technology, which will dramatically reduce CO2, and other pollutants and create 700 construction jobs and more than 50 permanent jobs; and

- The Department of Energy will support the construction of a first-of-its-kind Midwest regional CO2 transportation pipeline from the Meredosia facility to Mattoon, Illinois for sequestration.