A plan for a Tenaska coal gasification plant to be built in Taylorville passed a Senate panel today but failed to gain enough votes in the full Senate. Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says he believes the bill was blocked by other power plants who don't want competition.
Mark Denzler, with the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, says the plan would increase energy costs.
Similar legislation has failed numerous times throughout the past three years. Proponents of the bill say the plant would create 25-hundred construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs. It was also expected to provide a cleaner way to burn Illinois coal.