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Governor addresses Jim Bridger Carbon Capture Technology proposal

The Wyoming Public Service Commission received an update to the 2023 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) from PacifiCorp on April 1. This plan outlines how the state’s largest utility will source its energy over the next twenty years. Included in the update is the installation of carbon capture technology on coal-fired units 3 and 4 at the Jim Bridger Power Plant.

In response to this announcement, Governor Mark Gordon issued a statement expressing his support for the use of carbon capture technology. He notes that previous IRPs had focused on eliminating coal-fired power plants, but legislative actions in 2019 and 2020 provided additional options for consideration, including evaluating 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 and 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.

By Samantha Jones

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