llinois Senate fails to pass Taylorville Energy Center legislation

Springfield, Ill., January 12, 2010 — The Illinois Senate failed to pass a bill that would have approved construction of the Taylorville Energy Center, a technologically advanced 602-MW power plant fueled by substitute natural gas made from Illinois coal.

The Senate vote on SB 2485 came after the favorable vote on Nov. 29 in the Illinois House of Representatives. The plant is being developed near Taylorville, in Christian County, Illinois.

“The Senate’s failure to pass the legislation for the Taylorville Energy Center is disappointing,” said Tenaska Vice President Bart Ford. Tenaska is the managing partner and lead developer of TEC.

Ford expressed Tenaska’s appreciation to all who wrote letters, made phone calls, attended rallies and worked hard to bring jobs and clean electrical generation capacity to the citizens of Illinois.

In particular, he said Tenaska is grateful for the hard work and support of legislators over the years and their understanding of the issues involved.

“We want to especially thank Senate bill sponsors Sen. Deanna Demuzio and Sen. James Clayborne, Jr., Senate President John Cullerton, House bill sponsor Rep. Frank Mautino, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and Attorney General Lisa Madigan, as well as labor organizations across the state, including the Illinois chapter of the AFL-CIO.”

The TEC, an integrated gasification combined-cycle plant, is designed to capture more than 50 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions and remove more than 90 percent of mercury and 99 percent of sulfur, making it one of the world’s most environmentally responsible electricity generating plants.

Ford added, “We are currently evaluating our next course of action. We believe that there is a great deal of support in Illinois for the idea of clean coal power. Throughout the legislative process, we challenged opponents of the legislation to explain how a cutting-edge, baseload project like TEC could be built without legislation of the type that we proposed. We renew that challenge now, with the hope that Illinois will not give up on using its most abundant resource to generate power cleanly.”


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