Tenaska drops Taylorville,Trailblazer advanced coal power projects

Tenaska has dropped plans for two advanced coal-fueled power projects, saying it will now shift its focus towards development of renewables and gas-fired power generation.

The Nebraska-based energy firm said it was no longer moving forward with the Taylorville Energy Center in Illinois or the Trailblazer Energy Center in Texas, saying both project were no longer economically viable. Tenaska said the decision was fueled by a challenging market climate of regulatory uncertainties, low natural gas prices, and the continuing decline in costs for renewables.

The Trailblazer Energy Center was a proposed supercritical pulverized coal power station that was designed to include an onsite commercial scale carbon capture and storage facility. According to the project’s fact sheet, the 600 MW Trailblazer plant was intended to capture 85 to 90 percent of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and send it through a pipeline to be used in enhanced oil recovery.

The Taylorville Energy Center was a proposed 716 MW coal-fueled integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power station. Taylorville’s IGCC technology was designed to convert Illinois coal into substitute natural gas to produce electricity.  Developers said the plant was expected to emit only 1/40th the level of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides of an average U.S. coal-fired power plant.

News of the cancellations was released just prior to what many are anticipating will be the outline of an aggressive new climate change plan from the White House.

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