The $1.65 billion FutureGen 2.0 clean-coal project in Illinois is expected to bring $12 billion in overall economic benefits to the state in the next 20 years, according to a study by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. The public-private partnership, which includes the retrofitting of an old coal-fired power plant and pipeline construction, will create as many as 1,610 jobs. Work is slated to begin in 2014 and the plant is expected to become operational in 2017.

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