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

The Wyoming Public Service Commission will review an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) submitted by PacifiCorp for 2023, which outlines the direction for how the state’s largest utility plans to source its energy for the next two decades.

PacifiCorp’s IRP includes the installation of carbon capture technology on coal-fired units 3 and 4 at the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Sweetwater County. This shift in direction from previous IRPs, which aimed at the elimination of coal-fired power plants, has been welcomed by Governor Mark Gordon.

The new legislation requires a good faith effort to be made to sell coal units before closing them, and 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 are subject to change, this selection of carbon capture as the preferred portfolio for Jim Bridger Power Plant Units 3 & 4 represents an important shift toward producing 24-hour dispatchable power. This change is seen as economically beneficial and a win for Wyoming, consumers, and PacifiCorp’s customers.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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