Tenaska contemplates abandoning coal for natural gas

Tenaska has offered to use natural gas instead of coal to power the proposed 716 MW Taylorville Energy Center in central Illinois. The move would reduce construction costs to about $1.1 billion and likely stifle opposition to the plant, according to The Chicago Tribune.

According to the report, a closed-door meeting discussing the possible change of plans was led by Senate President John Cullerton and Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion), who sponsored legislation that would force electricity customers to purchase power from the plant for 30 years.

The new offer has not yet been proposed in writing, according to the report.

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