Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Office of Coal Development
Rod R. Blagojevich Jack Lavin
Gover n or Director
OFFICE OF COAL DEVELOPMENT FISCAL YEAR 2003 ANNUAL REPORT
DCEO's Office of Coal Development (OCD) provides technical and financial support to the Illinois coal industry. OCD awards funding for basic research and development on coal and its utilization, as well as commercial-scale demonstration of promising coal utilization technologies. Investment within the Illinois energy sector is stimulated through financial incentives provided by some OCD programs. Education and marketing programs are conducted to develop and convey appropriate messages about the importance of Illinois coal in the state’s job development efforts and in meeting domestic and international energy needs.
COAL INDUSTRY INFRASTRUCTURE
FY2003 marks the seventh year of the Illinois Coal Infrastructure Program, aimed at making Illinois coal more competitive in domestic and offshore markets. This program, administered by OCD, encourages coal producers and support industries to reinvest in Illinois. State funding to the Infrastructure Program has grown steadily, and it is now one of OCD’s most effective and far-reaching programs of support for the Illinois coal industry. Infrastructure Investment by the Coal Industry$7.8$11.8$11.6$15.0$16.6$81.9$7.9$30.7$64.2$105.2$128.4$549.1$17.2$1.9$84.6$128.0FY1997FY1998FY1999FY2000FY2001FY2002FY2003FY1997-FY2003Millions of DollarsPrivate FundsState Funds
Through the Illinois Coal Infrastructure Program, businesses are given incentives to improve and expand the coal mining and transportation systems within Illinois. In FY2003, OCD awarded $17.2 million in state funds for 37 coal production and transportation infrastructure projects. These grants leveraged more than $128 million of private investment in infrastructure improvements and expansions across Illinois.
Since its inception in 1996, the Coal Infrastructure Program has leveraged more than $549 million in private investment in the coal industry.