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DOE extends deadline on solicitation aimed at building future coal plants

The U.S. Department of Energy modified a solicitation for conceptual designs for "coal-based power plants of the future" and extended the deadline for submitting a proposal by 10 days.

The DOE is hoping to spur the development of coal-fired power plants capable of flexible operation, improved efficiency and reduced emissions, providing resilient power and operating at a smaller scale than conventional coal plants. The agency would not say if the deadline was extended at the request of one or more interested parties or for some other reason, saying the number of applications was business-sensitive information.

A list of questions and responses attached to the amendment indicates there may be some interest in the funding opportunity, including from those asking about whether the DOE would consider projects that would use lignite coal. The agency amended the proposal to include lignite coals along with bituminous and subbituminous coals in its materials.

The deadline was extended from Jan. 15 to Jan. 25.