The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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January 31, 2007

Perry allocates $20M for FutureGen project


Dr. Scott Tinker, the state geologist and director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas-Austin, also voiced his pleasure with Perry’s leadership and support of FutureGen.

“Governor Perry has once again demonstrated his leadership and Texas’ firm commitment to bringing FutureGen to Texas by making this a budget priority in 2007,” Dr. Tinker said. “We have a dedicated team of scientists who have been working for almost two years now to develop the winning proposal, and this endorsement from Governor Perry means an awful lot.”

The FutureGen Industrial Alliance (Alliance) has announced that it plans to select FutureGen’s host site by Sept. 1. Final best value offerings are to be submitted by Texas and Illinois to the Alliance in June.

Perry’s announcement is the first step in an effort to pass an aggressive package of financial and other incentives during the 80th Texas Legislature.

Also key to Texas’ FutureGen efforts are the strong local teams coordinating the best value offering at the two sites.

“We’ve got the best and the brightest in both regions working hard to put together an impressive lineup of local incentives,” Commissioner Williams said. “Texas would not be in such a strong position without the great efforts we have had at the local level.”

Since the national shortlist announcement, FutureGen Texas — assisted by numerous environmental consulting organizations — has supplied extensive data sets that will form the basis for Federal NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) environmental impact assessments of both sites.

The U.S. Department of Energy expects to complete the NEPA process by July 30.

“Our state has the resources, geology and commitment necessary to support this project,” Perry said. “With the Legislature’s support, we will also have the additional funding to ensure FutureGen is a success.”

Palestine was a proposed site for FutureGen, losing its bid for the power plant in March 2006.

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