Study Puts Estimates on FutureGen's Potential

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A study released Tuesday projects that a proposed experimental coal-fired power plant would create 360 permanent jobs and almost $20 million a year in wages.

Developers say the $1.5 billion FutureGen plant will be built at either Tuscola or Mattoon in eastern Illinois, or one of two sites in Texas. A decision is expected later this year.

The plant is being jointly developed by coal and power companies and the US Energy Department. They say it would have almost no emissions and be a prototype for others.

Southern Illinois University conducted the study. It projected the plant would employ 150 people, and indirectly create another 210 jobs.

According to the study, the plant also would create another 1,300 construction jobs while it's being built.

The Texas sites are in Central Texas near Jewett, about 50 miles north of Bryan, and near Odessa in West Texas.