Release Date: January 13, 2006
FutureGen Industrial Alliance
Announces Site Selection Process for World's First "Zero Emissions" Coal
WASHINGTON, DC — The FutureGen Industrial Alliance
today announced a site selection process to determine the host site for the
world's first coal-fueled "zero emissions" power plant. A draft Request for
Proposals (RFP) for public review will be issued in the latter part of February
2006, with a final RFP targeted for release in March 2006. Proposals
for the host site will be due by May 2006. Based on an evaluation of the
proposals received, the Alliance will develop a list of candidate sites by
summer of 2006. Information about the process is provided on the FutureGen
The host site will be selected through an open, competitive process. Candidate
sites will be identified by applying a set of technical, environmental, regulatory
and financial criteria developed by the Alliance, with input from the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE), independent technical experts and stakeholders.
The criteria will include those typically considered when siting power plants,
such as access to water, fuel delivery systems, and transmission lines, as
well as requirements that are unique to the FutureGen project, such as the
suitability of the site geology for permanent carbon dioxide storage. These
criteria will be explained in detail in the RFP.
Following the FutureGen Alliance's identification of a list of candidate
sites, DOE will use the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process
to determine which sites are acceptable from an environmental impact perspective.
These sites will be identified by DOE in a public Record of Decision (ROD)
by summer 2007. The FutureGen Alliance will choose the final project site
early in the fall of 2007 from among those determined to be environmentally
acceptable in the ROD. Construction would begin following the completion
of the permitting process, with the plant operational by 2012.
The FutureGen plant will use cutting-edge technologies to generate electricity
and hydrogen from coal while nearly eliminating emissions. It will also support
testing and commercialization of technologies to capture and permanently
store carbon dioxide. The FutureGen Alliance has an agreement with the DOE
to site, develop, and operate the FutureGen plant.
Prospective site offerors, architecture and engineering firms, technology
suppliers and other service providers are encouraged to monitor the FutureGen
Alliance website for opportunities to participate. Inquiries from site offerors
will be accepted only through the website.
The FutureGen Alliance member companies provide energy to tens of millions
of U.S. and international residential, business and industrial customers. Member
companies have global operations serving customers in Asia, Australia, Continental
Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States, among other regions.
Members of the Alliance include: American Electric Power; BHP Billiton;
the China Huaneng Group; CONSOL Energy Inc.; Foundation Coal; Kennecott Energy,
a member of the Rio Tinto Group; Peabody Energy; and Southern Company.
Anna, DOE/NETL, 412-386-4646