April 14, 2024 2:13 pm
Proposal for Implementing Carbon Capture Technology in Two Coal-Fired Units at the Jim Bridger Plant

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon is optimistic about a proposal to install carbon capture technology at a coal-fired power plant as a potential victory for the state. 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 Wyoming, 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.

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.

Rocky Mountain Power initially proposed converting these units to natural gas but now believes that installing carbon capture technology could extend the units’ lives by two years. The utility company claims that this will save money in the long run and provide a more reliable source of energy for its customers. However, some worry that this could lead to higher electricity prices for consumers in Wyoming.

Gov. Gordon believes that this proposal is a positive step towards reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants while maintaining their role in Wyoming’s energy mix. He also emphasizes that it is important for public utilities to consider cost-effectiveness when making decisions about energy sources and technologies.

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