The state of Wyoming’s largest utility, PacifiCorp, has recently submitted an updated 2023 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which outlines its direction for energy delivery over the next two decades. This IRP includes the installation of carbon capture technology on coal-fired Units 3 and 4 at the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Sweetwater County.

Governor Mark Gordon has responded to the announcement by highlighting the change in direction from previous IRPs. Previously, plans aimed to eliminate coal-fired power plants entirely, but new legislation requires a good-faith effort to sell coal-fired units before they close. Additionally, regulated utilities are now required to evaluate the use of carbon capture technology to meet lower CO2 standards mandated by federal regulations and consumer preferences.

The selection of carbon capture as the preferred portfolio for units 3 and 4 of the Jim Bridger Power Plant represents an important shift toward generating 24-hour dispatch power. This change is seen as economically beneficial and a win for Wyoming, consumers, and PacifiCorp’s customers.

By Samantha Johnson

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