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Prairie State Energy Campus

A new coal-fired power plant in Illinois will feature advanced emission controls

 Workers from Prairie State Energy Campus

Lively Grove is living up to its name. The township in southern Illinois is bustling with one of the biggest private capital projects ever undertaken in the state—the 1,600-megawatt Prairie State Energy Campus.

Bechtel is building the facility, which will be largest new greenfield coal-fired power plant in the United States in the past 20 years. It also will be the cleanest coal plant in the state, and one of the cleanest in the nation. By combining highly efficient pulverized coal and supercritical technologies with advanced emission controls, Prairie State will produce 15 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than comparable plants.

Comprising two 800-megawatt power units, Prairie State will be fueled by coal from a mine located on the same site. Completion of Unit 1 is targeted for 2011 with Unit 2 in the second quarter of 2012.

Electricity from the plant will be distributed through the Illinois power system and transmitted to Midwest communities.