Governor Gordon’s Response to PacifiCorp’s Carbon Capture Technology Installation Plan at Jim Bridger Power Plant

PacificCorp’s Carbon Capture Shift: A Step Toward a Sustainable Future for Wyoming

In response to the announcement of PacificCorp’s updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for 2023, Governor Mark Gordon has emphasized the significant shift in direction from previous IRPs. While earlier plans had aimed at eliminating coal-fired power plants, new legislation now requires a good faith effort to be made to sell coal units before closing them. Additionally, regulated utilities are mandated to evaluate the use of carbon capture technology as a means of meeting lower CO2 standards set by federal regulations and consumer preferences.

The Wyoming Public Service Commission will review PacificCorp’s IRP, which includes the installation of carbon capture technology on coal-fired units 3 and 4 at the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Sweetwater County. The selection of carbon capture as the preferred portfolio for these units represents an important shift toward producing 24-hour dispatchable power. This change is viewed as economically beneficial and a win for Wyoming, consumers, and PacificCorp’s customers.

The IRP is subject to change over time, but this shift in direction marks a crucial step forward in Wyoming’s transition to more sustainable energy sources. By embracing carbon capture technology, PacificCorp is taking a proactive approach to meet regulatory requirements while also providing reliable power that can operate around the clock. This move is expected to bring economic benefits and improve air quality in the state.

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