FutureGen through the years

A timeline of events related to FutureGen:

Jan. 28, 2003

President George W. Bush proposes the concept of a near zero-emissions coal-fueled power plant during his State of the Union address.

March 7, 2006

Department of Energy asks for requests for proposals for a program then called Project Alamo. (The name was later changed to FutureGen.)

March 17, 2006

Tuscola economic officials first learn about the FutureGen project.

May 2, 2006

Tuscola submits its proposal to the FutureGen Industrial Alliance.

July 2006

Tuscola; Mattoon; Odessa, Texas; and Jewett, Texas, selected as the four finalists over Effingham; Marshall; Henderson County, Ky.; Bowman County, N.D.; Meigs County, Ohio; Tuscarawas County, Ohio; Point Pleasant, W.Va., and Gillette, Wyo.

November and December 2006

Public meetings held in Tuscola on FutureGen.

Aug. 1, 2007

Tuscola makes its final proposal to the FutureGen Alliance.

Nov. 8, 2007

Department of Energy determines all four sites were acceptable from an environmental impact standpoint.

Dec. 18, 2007

Coles County is chosen by the FutureGen Alliance as the site for FutureGen over Tuscola and two sites in Texas.

January 2008

The Department of Energy announces a restructuring of FutureGen due to rising costs.

June 2008

Federal government calls for proposals for a revised version of FutureGen.

Summer 2010

The Department of Energy announces it wants to "repower" a 64-year-old Ameren coal power plant in Meredosia and send the carbon dioxide from that plant to Mattoon to be buried deep underground.

August 2010

Coles County withdraws from the project.

Nov. 15, 2010

Douglas County submits a proposal to sequester the carbon dioxide for FutureGen 2.0

Feb. 28, 2011

Morgan County is named as the site to receive the carbon dioxide.

Source: Tuscola Economic Development Inc.

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