Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Expands Special Session Call to Include Clean Coal Facility
FRANKFORT, Ky. – This morning, Governor Ernie Fletcher expanded the call for the current Extraordinary Session of the General Assembly to include legislation for tax exemptions for clean-coal facilities that will economically benefit the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Currently several states, including Kentucky, have presented economic incentive packages to lure FutureGen, a more than $1 billion project, to their states.
“Providing exemptions for clean-coal facilities makes Kentucky an even more appealing place for the Federal Government to build the FutureGen project,” said Governor Fletcher. “FutureGen is an outgrowth of this administration’s emphasis on working toward finding real solutions to Kentucky’s energy challenges.”
The FutureGen project is sponsored by the Federal Government to build a near zero-emissions coal-fired power plant producing hydrogen and electricity. The project includes substantial financial investment by the U.S. Department of Energy and the coal mining and power industries.