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Governor Gordon’s Response to PacifiCorp’s Carbon Capture Technology Installation Plan at Jim Bridger Power Plant

PacifiCorp has recently submitted an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for 2023, detailing its strategy for sourcing energy in the next two decades. The Wyoming Public Service Commission will review the IRP, which includes plans to install carbon capture technology on coal-fired units 3 and 4 at the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Sweetwater County.

Governor Mark Gordon has praised the shift in direction from previous IRPs, noting that new legislation requires a good faith effort to be made to sell coal units before closing them. 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.

While IRPs may change over time, the selection of carbon capture as the preferred portfolio for Jim Bridger Power Plant Units 3 & 4 represents a significant shift toward producing 24-hour dispatchable power. This move is viewed as economically beneficial and a win for Wyoming, consumers, and PacifiCorp’s customers.

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