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Court Rules IL Can Force Consumers to Purchase Energy from ‘Clean Coal’ Facility

The Chicago Tribune reports that “state regulators have the right to force Illinois consumers to purchase electricity from a proposed “clean coal” facility for the next 20 years in order to help fund the $1.6 billion federal project, according to an appellate court decision handed down Tuesday.”  

“The 2-1 decision could represent a potential leap forward for the federal FutureGen 2.0 project, which has been stalled through two Presidential administrations in various forms.”  

“The plan is to retrofit an existing coal-fired power plant in Meredosia in western Illinois to prove that coal-fired power can exist in a carbon-free world. The plant’s carbon dioxide emissions would be sequestered underground and would burn Illinois coal beginning in 2017.”

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