FutureGen represents a new energy era, providing a bridge from the
fossil-based-energy economy of today to the hydrogen-based-energy economy of tomorrow.
The Gulf Coast
region is poised to lead the nation in building that bridge to the future. The combination of
extensive coal consumption and production; demand for CO2, hydrogen, methanol, and power;
flexibility of available coal types;
availability of rail, pipeline, and surface and subsurface infrastructure; near-term CO2 storage
in oil fields and longer-term CO2 storage in high-volume brines; and energy history and expertise
make Texas the best place for the prototype FutureGen facility. More important, these same
features establish the Gulf region as ideal for extending the FutureGen template and establishing a
broad, regional power infrastructure for the future.