A consortium of some of the world's largest coal companies and electric utilities has selected the small east-central Illinois town of Mattoon for FutureGen, a $1.4 billion coal-fueled power plant that is planned as the cleanest in the world.
The Mattoon site consists of 444 acres of privately owned farmland located one mile northwest of Mattoon, in Coles County, Illinois. The site has access to the Canadian National (Illinois Central) Railroad and access to Interstate 57 via a new interchange.
The 275-megawatt prototype plant will serve as a large scale engineering laboratory for testing new clean power, carbon capture, and coal-to-hydrogen technologies.
"FutureGen's 'near zero-emission' coal-gasification technology holds great promise to revolutionize our nation's coal industry and ensure that coal continues to be an integral part of our energy future while reducing the greenhouse gases that cause climate change," the governor said. "As the entire world watches, Illinois is ready to get to work to ensure that FutureGen is a success."