Fate of FutureGen: Site in Illinois selected to be the home of FutureGen

by Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

It's a disappointing day for many leaders in West Texas.

That's after the big announcement the FutureGen Alliance did not pick Odessa for their billion-dollar power plant.

Obviously folks in the Permian Basin are down about the decision on Tuesday.

They would have liked to bring the near zero-emission power plant to West Texas, but it didn't happen.

The announcement was made after 9 Tuesday morning that Mattoon, Illinois would be the spot for the FutureGen Plant.

Leaders from different cities and counties around the basin listened live over the Internet from the FutureGen Alliance in Washington, D.C.

And while the mood was disappointing after the announcement, many who made an appearance say the work for Odessa's site at Penwell won't go to waste.

"I think we're going to find someone, a private investor, perhaps local investors who are going to see the real advantage of creating CO2 from oil, oh, and maybe as a by-product maybe generating some electricity," Dr. David Watts, President of UTPB, said.