A clean-coal project abandoned by the Dept. of Energy last year is coming back to life with DOE’s Record of Decision and a cooperative agreement signed with the FutureGen Alliance. The ROD and agreement will allow the alliance to proceed with preliminary design, refine the cost estimate and develop a funding plan. DOE launched FutureGen in 2003 as a public-private partnership to engineer, construct and operate a near-zero-emissions, 275-MW powerplant fueled by coal at an estimated cost of $1 billion.
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.