Sierra Club takes FutureGen complaint to Illinois board

The Sierra Club on June 16 filed a complaint at the Illinois Pollution Control Board over potential emissions from the FutureGen 2.0 project, which involves a coal-fired repowering of a unit at the shut Meredosia power plant.

The complaint is against AmerenEnergy Medina Valley Cogen LLC and the FutureGen Industrial Alliance. The companies had not filed a response as of June 24. The alliance in recent months has been working at a number of agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to secure a myriad of needed approvals for this project, which is getting U.S. Department of Energy funding help.

The Sierra Club says the repowered Unit 7 would emit a range of pollutants, including NOx. It said that the FutureGen Industrial Alliance plans to build its project without a prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) air permit. It wants the board to enjoin this project until a PSD permit is obtained.

The repowered unit, at 168 MWe (gross) in size, would include oxy-combustion and carbon capture technologies provided by the Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group and Air Liquide Process and Construction. Members of the alliance include some of the largest coal producers, coal users, and coal equipment suppliers in the world.

The FutureGen 2.0 project features a pipeline that will transport the CO2 produced and captured by the power plant and the storage facility where the CO2 will be injected into a deep geologic formation for permanent storage.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.