The U.S. Energy Dept. said on Aug. 5 it will abandon its original plan for the FutureGen 275-MW powerplant to test advanced carbon-capture and storage technologies; instead, it will use $1 billion in federal stimulus funding to refit and repower an existing coal-fired plant in western Illinois to capture carbon dioxide. The money will go to members of the FutureGen Alliance, a public-private group of U.S. and overseas utilities, power providers and others, to install new equipment at a 200-MW unit in Meredosia, Ill., in the Illinois River Valley. DOE has dubbed the new plant FutureGen 2.0. DOE had planned
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.