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Title: Back to the FutureGen?

Abstract

After years of political wrangling, Democrats may green-light the experimental clean coal power plants. The article relates how the project came to be curtailed, how Senator Dick Durbin managed to protect $134 million in funding for FutureGen in Mattoon, and how once Obama was in office a $2 billion line item to fund a 'near zero emissions power plant(s)' was placed in the Senate version of the Stimulus Bill. The final version of the legislation cut the funding to $1 billion for 'fossil energy research and development'. In December 2008 the FutureGen Alliance and the City of Mattoon spent $6.5 billion to purchase the plants eventual 440 acre site. A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that Bush's inaction may have set back clean coal technology in the US by as much as a decade. If additional funding comes through construction of the plant could start in 2010. 1 fig., 1 photo.

Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21261606
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Coal Age; Journal Volume: 114; Journal Issue: 4
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; COAL; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; USA; FINANCING; POLITICAL ASPECTS; ZERO EMISSIONS TECHNOLOGIES

Citation Formats

Buchsbaum, L. Back to the FutureGen?. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
Buchsbaum, L. Back to the FutureGen?. United States.
Buchsbaum, L. Wed . "Back to the FutureGen?". United States. doi:.
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title = {Back to the FutureGen?},
author = {Buchsbaum, L.},
abstractNote = {After years of political wrangling, Democrats may green-light the experimental clean coal power plants. The article relates how the project came to be curtailed, how Senator Dick Durbin managed to protect $134 million in funding for FutureGen in Mattoon, and how once Obama was in office a $2 billion line item to fund a 'near zero emissions power plant(s)' was placed in the Senate version of the Stimulus Bill. The final version of the legislation cut the funding to $1 billion for 'fossil energy research and development'. In December 2008 the FutureGen Alliance and the City of Mattoon spent $6.5 billion to purchase the plants eventual 440 acre site. A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that Bush's inaction may have set back clean coal technology in the US by as much as a decade. If additional funding comes through construction of the plant could start in 2010. 1 fig., 1 photo.},
doi = {},
journal = {Coal Age},
number = 4,
volume = 114,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Apr 15 00:00:00 EDT 2009},
month = {Wed Apr 15 00:00:00 EDT 2009}
}