Illinois Senate Fails to Pass Taylorville Energy Center Legislation

SPRINGFIELD, ILL., January 12, 2010 – Early this morning, the Illinois Senate failed to pass a bill that would have approved construction of the Taylorville Energy Center (TEC), a technologically advanced 602-megawatt (net) power plant fueled by substitute natural gas made from 100 percent 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 cutting-edge 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.”

About Tenaska 
Tenaska has developed approximately 9,000 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity across the United States. Tenaska’s affiliates operate and manage eight power plants in six states totaling more than 6,700 MW of generating capacity owned in partnership with other companies. Tenaska Capital Management, an affiliate, provides management services for stand-alone private equity investments, with nearly $5 billion in assets, including nine power plants (with approximately 5,400 MW of capacity), and multiple natural gas midstream assets, including storage gathering and processing facilities.

Tenaska is applying proven pre- and post-combustion technologies on a commercial scale in its two environmentally responsible clean coal projects. Taylorville Energy Center will convert Illinois coal into clean-burning substitute natural gas, use it to generate electricity and capture more than 50 percent of the plant’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Trailblazer Energy Center in Nolan County, Texas, is expected to be the first commercial scale, conventional coal-fueled power plant in the world to capture a significant portion of its CO2 after combustion. This plant’s success would demonstrate how existing plants in the U.S. and China could be retrofitted cost-effectively with this carbon-reducing technology. Tenaska is repeatedly cited in benchmarking studies by the Natural Resources Defense Council as having among the best fleet-wide records in the United States for controlling emissions. For more information about Tenaska, visit

The Taylorville Energy Center’s Integrated Gasification Combined-Cycle (IGCC) with Carbon Capture and Storage process can be seen, along with details on the project and the technology.

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