This past Monday, the Tenaska bill, which would okay the construction of a coal gasification plant in Taylorville, was passed though the Illinois senate. The fact that Tenaska is a coal plant is reason enough to oppose it, but within the bill is also provisions that force the gas it produces to be purchased by several utilities. This will cause rate increases to occur in many parts of the state. While this battle is far from over, it does strike a blow to efforts on the part of many residents and students who invested a great deal of time and effort calling and meeting with their senators.
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Luckily though, there are still many ways in which Tenaska can be blocked. The bill has yet to pass the house where it will likely flounder and the permitting process after bill passage can also bog the process down. Stay posted for more info about the state of the bill and the next steps to fighting it.