Quincy vies for piece of FutureGen

Quincy is one of six communities now interested in bringing a new green energy project to the area.

The city submitted a bid for the carbon dioxide storage site for the FutureGen clean coal project.

The city's application names the business park on the east side of Quincy Regional Airport as a potential site for the storage facility.

The U.S Department of Energy already chose the Ameren Plant in Meredosia to retrofit for a new coal burning process to produce electricity.

Now it's looking at Quincy and the other communities to store the carbon dioxide emissions from it.

City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp says Quincy put its hat into the ring in hopes of bringing 75 permanent jobs associated with the training and research facilities as well as the visitor's center that would be located at the site of the storage unit.

The pipeline to Quincy could also bring as many as one thousand jobs during its construction.

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Steinkamp says there are many reasons to court the potential development.

Steinkamp said, "Probably economic development is number one, job creation and future growth at the airport."

Are there any concerns?

Steinkamp said, "I think there are always concerns with big projects. This is relatively new to this area but I know in other areas of the U.S. these types of injection wells and storage has been used before."

Steinkamp says the city won't know if it meets the geological criteria for the project until FutureGen performs exploratory test drilling and an engineering analysis.

Officials with FutureGen have said a location is needed somewhere in the Mount Simon Sandstone layer located in Illinois.

The storage facility would be located 35 hundred feet underground.

Pike and Morgan Counties, as well as three other Illinois communities have also submitted bids for the project.