CHICAGO — Illinois’ congressional delegation and Gov. Rod Blagojevich vowed to fight a U.S. Department of Energy decision yesterday to withdraw its funding support for a pioneering coal plant known as FutureGen in favor of a restructured clean coal program that would limit the federal government’s costs.
The announcement came yesterday, a day after Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman told members of congress in a private meeting that the agency was close to dismantling the FutureGen project. The $1.8 billion 275 megawatt plant was to be built by a private, nonprofit consortium for the Energy Department. The consortium in December announced its selection of a central Illinois location as the preferred site for the plant over a town in Texas. Federal funds were to cover about $1.3 billion, up from an initial $800 million commitment.