Ameren Abandons Meredosia Energy Center

The controversial technique of carbon dioxide sequestration has been supported by the U.S. Department of Energy as a source of energy.  Environmental concerns about its effects are many, but it may be economics that prevent it from implementation in Illinois as the utility Ameren has decided to abandon its share of the Meredosia Energy Center, selling it back to the FutureGen Alliance.

Ameren announced recently it plans to close Meredosia, the plant slated to have its emissions sequestered underground in Morgan County as part of the project.

In addition to the purchase option the Alliance will prepare an application requesting that DOE approve the Alliance to take over Ameren’s cooperative agreement with DOE.

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