About DOE Button Organization Button News Button Contact Us Button
US Department of Energy Seal and Header Photo
Science and Technology Button Energy Sources Button Energy Efficiency Button The Environment Button Prices and Trends Button National Security Button Safety and Health Button
_DOE Office of Fossil Energy Web Site
You are here:  Clean Coal Technologies > FutureGen

FutureGen 2.0
Meredosia Power Plant - Photo Courtesy of Ameren Energy Resources

"This investment in the world's first, commercial-scale, oxy-combustion power plant will help to open up the over $300 billion market for coal unit repowering and position the country as a leader in an important part of the global clean energy economy."

Dr. Steven Chu
U.S. Secretary of Energy
August 5, 2010

On August 5, 2010, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the awarding of $1 billion in Recovery Act funding to the FutureGen Alliance, Ameren Energy Resources, Babcock & Wilcox, and Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc. to build FutureGen 2.0, a clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network.

The project partners will repower Ameren's 200 megawatt Unit 4 in Meredosia, Illinois with advanced oxy-combustion technology to capture approximately 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 each year - more than 90 percent of the plant's carbon emissions. Other emissions will be reduced to near zero levels.

Oxy-combustion burns coal with a mixture of oxygen and CO2 instead of air to produce a concentrated CO2 stream for safe, permanent, storage. In addition, oxy-combustion technology creates a near-zero emissions plant by eliminating almost all of the mercury, SOx, NOx, and particulate pollutants from plant emissions. The Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory studies have identified oxy-combustion as potentially the least cost approach to clean-up existing coal-fired facilities and capture CO2 for geologic storage.

FutureGen 2.0 will also provide performance and emissions data for future commercial guarantees, and establish operating and maintenance experience for future large-scale commercial projects. The FutureGen Alliance will help design the test program for the new facility to incorporate a broad range of coals and operating conditions to expand the market for this repowering approach.

CO2 Storage Site

The FutureGen Alliance has selected Morgan County, Ill. as the preferred location for the FutureGen 2.0 CO2 storage site, visitor center, research, and training facilities. 

With the selection of the Morgan County site complete, the Alliance conducted further geologic characterization in summer 2011. Should concerns arise around the technical, legal, or public acceptability of the preferred site, the Alliance has identified the Christian and Douglas County sites as alternative sites.

Phase II Begins

On February 4, 2013, following the successful completion of the first phase, the Energy Department announced the beginning of Phase II of project development with a new cooperative agreement between the FutureGen Industrial Alliance and the Department of Energy for an innovative carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Illinois.

Draft EIS Issued

On April 25, 2013, a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the FutureGen 2.0 project was released. DOE invites the public to comment on the draft EIS during the public comment period, which ends June 17, 2013. DOE will consider all comments postmarked or received during the public comment period when preparing the final EIS and will consider late comments to the extent practicable. 



Darren Mollot
Office of Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585


Scott Klara
National Energy Technology Laboratory
PO Box 10940
U.S. Dept. of Energy
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

 Page owner:  Fossil Energy Office of Communications
Page updated on: May 01, 2013 

The White House USA.gov E-gov IQ FOIA Privacy Program
U.S. Department of Energy | 1000 Independence Ave., SW | Washington, DC 20585
1-800-dial-DOE | f/202-586-4403 | e/General Contact

Web Policies | No Fear Act | Privacy | Phone Book | Accessibility