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Proposal for Implementing Carbon Capture Technology in Two Coal-Fired Units at the Jim Bridger Plant

In an effort to maintain coal-fired power as part of the energy mix, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon is hailing a proposal by a coal-fired power plant to install carbon capture technology 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 the state, 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 reduce emissions. 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.

The proposed installation of carbon capture technology at Rocky Mountain Power’s Jim Bridger Power Plant has sparked debate among stakeholders in Wyoming. While Governor Gordon sees it as a potential victory for the state’s coal industry, consumer advocates are concerned about the costs associated with retrofitting the plant and how they will be passed on to customers. The Wyoming Public Service Commission will play a crucial role in determining whether this proposal is financially advantageous for Rocky Mountain Power and its customers.

By Samantha Jones

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