Governor addresses Jim Bridger Carbon Capture Technology proposal

Carbon Capture: Wyoming Governor Embraces Flexibility in Energy Portfolio with PacifiCorp’s IRP Update

In 2023, PacifiCorp submitted an update to its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to the Wyoming Public Service Commission. The IRP outlines how the state’s largest utility plans to source its energy for the next twenty years, and includes the installation of carbon capture technology on coal-fired units 3 and 4 at the Jim Bridger Power Plant.

This announcement has prompted Governor Mark Gordon to issue a statement expressing his support for the use of carbon capture technology. He notes that in previous years, IRPs were focused on eliminating coal-fired power plants. However, legislative actions in 2019 and 2020 have provided additional options for consideration, including the evaluation of 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, but 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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