Proposal for Implementing Carbon Capture Technology in Two Coal-Fired Units at the Jim Bridger Plant

Carbon Capture Technology Set to Extend the Lifespan of Wyoming’s Coal-Powered Plants, Boosting the State’s Economy and Reducing Emissions

Gov. Mark Gordon is hailing a proposal by a coal-fired power plant to install carbon capture technology as a potential victory for Wyoming. The parent company of Rocky Mountain Power, PacifiCorp, recently submitted an update to its energy sourcing plans for the next two decades. As the largest utility in the state, Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal includes plans to install carbon capture technology on units 3 and 4 of the Jim Bridger Power Plant in 2028, located outside of Point of Rocks. Initially, the utility company had proposed converting these units to natural gas but now believes that installing carbon capture technology could extend the units’ lives by two years.

In 2020, state lawmakers mandated that public utilities explore the feasibility of implementing carbon capture technology at their coal plants in an effort to maintain coal-fired power as part of the energy mix. However, consumer advocates are concerned that the costs associated with retrofitting the plant could ultimately be passed on to the company’s 144,000 Wyoming customers. The Wyoming Public Service Commission will be responsible for reviewing PacifiCorp’s proposal to install carbon capture technology at the Jim Bridger Power Plant.

Gov. Gordon is optimistic about this development and believes it will help preserve Wyoming’s economy which heavily relies on coal mining and power generation industries. “This is a positive step forward for our state,” he said in a statement. “Installing carbon capture technology at these plants will not only help reduce emissions but also create new job opportunities and keep our communities thriving.”

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