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PacifiCorp has recently submitted an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for 2023 that outlines the direction for how the state’s largest utility plans to source its energy for the next two decades. The Wyoming Public Service Commission will review the IRP, which includes the installation of carbon capture technology on coal-fired units 3 and 4 at the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Sweetwater County.

The shift in direction from previous IRPs is noteworthy, as plans aimed at eliminating coal-fired power plants have been replaced with a good faith effort to sell coal units before closing them. In addition, 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 viewed as economically beneficial and a win for Wyoming, consumers, and PacifiCorp’s customers.

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