November 10, 2008 — TAYLORVILLE, ILL. — While Illinois lawmakers are poised this week to consider SB 1987, enabling legislation for the Taylorville Energy Center (TEC), project managing partner Tenaska announced that TEC has completed the first of two land purchases for Illinois’ first clean coal power plant.
The Taylorville project closed on a 164-acre parcel containing approximately half of the property that will be needed for the project. Terms were not disclosed. A second, 165-acre parcel is scheduled for purchase in early December.
The proposed coal gasification project, located Northeast of Taylorville, will provide up to 1,500 construction jobs and help revitalize the Illinois coal industry by providing an environmentally responsible use for high-sulfur Illinois coal. In addition to controlling the traditional pollutants associated with conventional coal-fueled power plants, Taylorville will capture more than 50 percent of carbon emissions generated by the project, making it comparable to clean burning natural gas in its emissions. The captured carbon will then either be geologically stored or used for enhanced oil recovery.
“This initial land acquisition is a decisive step toward construction of the Taylorville Energy Center,” said Bart Ford, Tenaska vice-president for business development. “Once the legislation is passed and signed into law, we will move forward with the design phase of the project and then seek the final legislative approval needed to begin construction.”
The project is supported by the Citizen’s Utility Board, Illinois Coal Association, Clean Air Task Force, Illinois AFL-CIO, American Lung Association of Illinois and others. The Illinois Senate is expected to consider the enabling legislation, SB 1987, during this week’s veto session. The measure was approved by the Illinois House in July.
Details on TEC, the technology the law and other background information can be found at www.cleancoalillinois.com.