Last week the Illinois Senate voted against the Tenaska Coal to gas plant. The plant would have meant hundreds of jobs in Central Illinois, and a possible revival of the coal industry. State Senator Kyle McCarter of Lebanon says the plant would have cost the area in other ways:
The Senator said the plant would have ended up raising the cost of power, hurting Illinois economically:
The Senator was an early supporter of the Tenaska project, and campaigned as a champion of the plan during the last election cycle. Proponents of Tenaska argued that with nearly half the state’s coal fired power plants scheduled to close because of environmental regulations, the plant would have added to the baseline power, actually encouraging lower electricity rates.