- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The article “How should the U.S. respond to China’s pollution?” (Sunday) incorrectly implied that the FutureGen project - the world’s premiere large-scale clean-coal power plant - is no longer moving forward. In fact, the FutureGen Alliance, a nonprofit consortium building the plant, aims to begin construction next year in Mattoon, Ill.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy renewed its support for the project by entering into a cooperative agreement with the alliance and committing $1 billion in federal stimulus funding to help advance this innovative facility.

With DOE’s continued support, FutureGen will use carbon capture and sequestration technology to generate electricity from coal, capture its carbon emissions and store them underground in deep geologic formations. Because of the global abundance of these formations, this facility’s success will be replicated throughout the world.

As the recognized clean-coal global flagship project, FutureGen continues to set the standard for delivering critical clean energy solutions to the world with the urgency that our current climate challenge demands.

MICHAEL MUDD

Chief executive officer

FutureGen Alliance

Washington

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