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FutureGen affirms CO2 storage site for coal-fired power plant project

The FutureGen Alliance on July 17 affirmed that Morgan County, Ill., will remain the preferred location for a carbon dioxide (CO2) storage site and that the Alliance will no longer maintain alternate sites in Christian and Douglas counties.

The FutureGen Alliance said recent geologic testing and engineering studies have confirmed that the Morgan County site is an excellent location for CO2 storage. The Alliance initially selected Morgan County as its preferred site in February 2011, after a review of proposals received in an open solicitation process for sites that were interested in hosting the FutureGen 2.0 CO2 storage project.

The FutureGen 2.0 program involves upgrading the Meredosia Energy Center with oxy-combustion technology to capture more than 90 percent of the plant’s carbon emissions. Using pipeline technology, the CO2 would be transported and permanently stored underground at the nearby storage site.

The FutureGen 2.0 program is supported by a $1 billion commitment in federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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