UNDATED -- Regional support is growing for the Illinois bid for a cutting-edge, coal-powered plant known as FutureGen.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell today announced his state is solidly behind Illinois in the competition with Texas for the plant.
Pennsylvania officials say having the plant in the Midwest could make it easier to replicate the technology in their state.
The 1.5 billion dollar project will minimize air pollution by storing emissions underground.
Developers are considering sites in Mattoon and Tuscola, as well as two in Texas.
A decision is expected by year's end.
Illinois is offering 82 million dollars worth of incentives to FutureGen's developers. The package also protects the project from liability due to accidents.