The Nebraska-based energy company Tenaska, Inc. negotiated a deal
with state lawmakers this week to run a proposed electricity plant in
Taylorville on natural gas instead of coal gasification, and the amended legislation will be called before the House Public Utilities Committee next Thursday.
environmentalists against the original proposal remain opposed for now –
they contend that the new legislation will let Tenaska phase into the
more expensive and environmentally risky proposition of converting
Illinois’ abundant downstate coal into gas.
“It is kicking the most
expensive and dirty parts down the road,” says Jack Darin, director of
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