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Proposed Carbon Capture Technology for Two Jim Bridger Coal-Fired Units

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Apr 3, 2024

Gov. Mark Gordon is hailing a proposal by PacifiCorp, the parent company of Rocky Mountain Power, to install carbon capture technology at a coal-fired power plant as a potential win for Wyoming, as long as it proves to be economically beneficial. The update to PacifiCorp’s plans for sourcing energy over the next two decades includes a proposal to implement carbon capture technology on units 3 and 4 of the Jim Bridger Power Plant near Point of Rocks in 2028. This move comes after the utility company had previously considered converting the units to natural gas, with hopes that the change could extend the units’ lives by two years.

Legislators in 2020 mandated public utilities to assess the feasibility of incorporating carbon capture technology at their coal plants in order to maintain coal-fired power as part of the energy mix. However, consumer advocates are concerned that the costs of retrofitting could ultimately burden the company’s 144,000 customers in Wyoming. The Wyoming Public Service Commission will be responsible for reviewing PacifiCorp’s proposal to install carbon capture technology at the Jim Bridger Power Plant.

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