U.S. Rep. Joe Barton praised the Texas effort to secure the $1 billion FutureGen project for Texas after touring the proposed Jewett FutureGen site on August 14. Both of the Texas sites submitted for the Department of Energy project have been named to the list of only four sites still under consideration for the project. Rep. Barton made the comments following a tour of the site and an overview of the Jewett proposal from leaders of the Texas FutureGen effort, including BEG Director Scott Tinker. “At a time when the United States is becoming increasingly focused on developing clean, alternative sources of energy, FutureGen promises to make the goal a reality. I want to congratulate the four sites on the short list,” said Rep. Barton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Dr. Tinker noted the Jewett proposal follows the public-private partnership model for FutureGen, which will be sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the FutureGen Alliance, an international consortium of 10 energy companies. “FutureGen is designed as a public-private partnership that will move energy research from the laboratory to commercial application so this country can take full advantage of an abundant natural resource to meet our growing demand for energy while protecting the environment,” Dr. Tinker said.
BEG Director Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael L. Williams, Congressman Joe Barton, Steve Winn, President, NRG Texas; David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy, Mark Seglem, President, Texas Westmoreland Coal Company, Zak Covar, Office of the Governor, Gail Green, Office of Senator John Cornyn, Carl Mica, Office of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Dr. Richard Ewing, Vice President of Research, Texas A&M University. 08/19/06