WASHINGTON (AP) - The Energy Department today canceled a $1.8 billion emissions-free power plant scheduled to be built in Illinois.
Two sites in Texas had been finalists, but lost out to a site in Mattoon, Illinois.
DOE had complained about the ballooning costs of the FutureGen plant.
The federal agency says it prefers to spend the money on a handful of projects around the country that would develop carbon capture and underground storage from coal power plants.
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman called it an "all-around better deal for Americans."
The shift has stunned officials in Illinois, who made a last ditch appeal to President Bush aboard Air Force One today to keep the project intact.