U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is beside himself when it comes to the behavior of one of the former partners in Future-Gen.
Exelon, the parent company of ComEd, is suing the state over an electricity surcharge to help fund Future-Gen. This is shortly after Exelon, which had supported the project all along, dropped out, Durbin says.
“I can’t find a precedent, at least in recent Illinois business history, of a company that was on the inside, planning for a project that meant so much to the state of Illinois, then went to the outside and sued the effort to try to stop it,” he said.
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Exelon had been part of the project and talked up its value until dropping out in January.
Future-Gen is a project to test technology to use coal to generate electricity with a minimum of pollution. It is being financially supported by the federal government and private-sector partners, and will retro-fit a power plant in Meredosia.