Lawmakers continue tweaking proposals to build a coal gasification plant in Taylorville, all of which continue to fail. A proposal to build the Taylorville Energy Center has been floating around the legislature in some form for the past few years. The latest version caps rate increases for non-residential customers; previous versions included rate caps for just residential customers. State Sen. Kyle McCarter says the proposed cap of 21 cents per kilowatt hour on large consumers is outrageous.
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“We’re going to increase the price of power to commercial users by at least six to seven percent a year based on the idea that, you know, 21 cents might be competitive some day in the next 20 to 30 years,” he says. “I don’t buy that.” Major Illinois utilities would be required to buy power from the center for the next 30 years. The bill did not have enough support to pass, and was pulled from the record so it can come up later.