Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., made the following comments after the Department of Energy announced its plan to halt funding for the proposed FutureGen plant in Illinois.
"The FutureGen project is one of many important efforts to make coal cleaner. If the Department of Energy is able to follow through with its restructured FutureGen approach, I hope the agency will consider putting some funding in energy-rich Wyoming.
"We’ve heard ‘If you build it they will come’ – well, when it comes to energy in Wyoming it’s already here, now we just need to build it. Several projects have been proposed in Wyoming and are struggling with funding. If funding isn’t going to one big project outside of Wyoming there are many options in our state that can be in the forefront of revolutionary new wave technologies designed to meet environmental challenges."
Today the Department of Energy announced it would shift its funding commitment for three-quarters of the cost to build the coal-fired, 275-megawatt FutureGen power plant in Illinois to multiple clean coal power plants. FutureGen is proposed to test the use of coal while storing carbon dioxide and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. Illinois lawmakers have vowed to continue efforts for the original FutureGen site and funding.