Brian Moody says folks have gotten used to winning in the east-central Illinois town of Tuscola, where the Warriors are readying for the state football semifinals in their bid to repeat as Class 1A football champs. But the town of 4,500 also has its sights on a title that’s about bragging rights well beyond school pride.
In a sweepstakes against nearby Mattoon and two Texas sites, Tuscola is courting an experimental, $1.75 billion power plant that could mean about 1,300 jobs during its construction and another 150 permanent jobs once it’s operational in 2012.
All the finalist sites, including Jewett and Odessa in Texas, cleared their latest hurdle last week, when the Department of Energy deemed each location environmentally fit for the coveted public-private project known as FutureGen.
Yeah, don’t forget Texas, guys. While Illinois may think it’s King Coal, we’ve got plenty of the black rock here, too, and right kind of underground formations for storing CO2.
The news on who gets the facility should be announced sometime in mid-December.