FutureGen Meeting to be Held in Buffalo

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Leon County residents will have a chance to hear more about the world's first zero-emissions coal-fueled power at a meeting Thursday.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Civic Center at 941 North Hill Street.

It will give the public a chance to learn more about FutureGen.

Jewett in Leon County is one of the potential sites for the FutureGen plant.

If it's selected dozens of jobs would be added in the area.

FutureGen is a Federal initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build a power facility that is capable of producing hydrogen and sequestering carbon dioxide (CO2).

The $1 billion research project is intended to create the world's first near-zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant.

The project has two major components:
To build an energy facility that will create power and hydrogen and capture CO2 and to locate a host site that will store the CO2 permanently.

The prototype facility will be designed to allow testing of various components and fuel types in all phases of the process, as well as full measurement, monitoring, and verification of CO2 sequestration.