Governor addresses Jim Bridger Carbon Capture Technology proposal

PacifiCorp’s Latest IRP: Embracing Carbon Capture Technology at the Jim Bridger Power Plant”.

In the latest update to its 2023 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), PacifiCorp has announced its plans to install carbon capture technology on coal-fired units 3 and 4 at the Jim Bridger Power Plant. This move comes as a response to the changing landscape of energy production in Wyoming, with Governor Mark Gordon expressing his support for the use of carbon capture technology.

Governor Gordon notes that previous IRPs had focused on phasing out coal-fired power plants, but legislative actions in 2019 and 2020 have opened up new options for consideration, including carbon capture technology on coal plants to meet lower CO2 standards. These measures were taken to ensure a diverse energy portfolio that includes wind, solar, and carbon capture technology.

The Governor acknowledges that IRPs are subject to change and views the selection of carbon capture as the preferred portfolio for Jim Bridger Power Plant Units 3 and 4 as a positive step towards producing 24-hour dispatchable power. He believes that if this technology proves to be economically beneficial, it will benefit Wyoming, consumers, and those served by PacifiCorp. This change in direction reflects the need for flexibility and adaptation in the energy sector to meet environmental regulations and consumer preferences.

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