The Wyoming Industrial Siting Division is out for comment on an application by Two Elk Generation Partners LP to change its construction schedule and allow phased construction for an air-cooled, waste-coal-fired power plant in Campbell County.
This project has been in the works for years by developer North American Power Group. It would be located near Arch Coal’s (NYSE: ACI) Black Thunder strip mine in the Powder River Basin and burn low-quality waste coal produced by several mines in the area.
The proposed phased construction would have two phases, the division said in a July 3 public notice. Phase 1, involving a gas-fired combustion turbine, would have a construction start date that has been pushed back from January 2014 to April 1, 2015. Phase 1 would be complete by March 2016, with the coal-fired Phase 2 to be 90% complete by March 2018. However, Phase 2 is contingent on a pending federal rule about coal-fired CO2 emissions, Two Elk Generation Partners said in its June 25 amendment application.
The division will consider the amendment at its meeting scheduled for Aug. 5-7 in Saratoga, Wyo.
In the meantime, the Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Sierra Club on April 24 petitioned the state Environmental Quality Council to hold a show cause hearing and then issue an order that holds that Two Elk Generation Partners’ (TGEP) Air Quality Permit is invalid as a matter of law. “TEGP has discontinued construction activities of its proposed power plant for more than twenty-four months at its Campbell County location and therefore, as explained below, TEGP’s permit is no longer valid as a matter oflaw under Wyoming and federal laws and regulations,” the environmental groups said.
TGEP filed a June 3 motion to dismiss this case, saying the council has no jurisdiction in this matter. A council hearing officer agreed and on July 10 issued an order dismissing the April 24 complaint. Authority over the permit is at the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.