Wyoming governor works on siting of CO2 test center

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on July 14 unveiled a new website that highlights Wyoming’s energy strategy and also said that two electric utilities are interested in hosting a CO2 test center.

Mead last year released “Leading the Charge: Wyoming’s Action Plan for Energy, Environment, and Economy,” with implementation of that plan now underway.

“Energy and the environment are critical to the people of Wyoming and this strategy aims at striking a balance for our economic prosperity and quality of life,” Mead said. “We have been busy with the initiatives that the public identified for the energy strategy and now people have another way to get updates and give feedback on these efforts.”

The governor added: “As we start new efforts like the water strategy, developing an Integrated Test Center, and exploring an industrial project to add value to natural resources, this website will be an important tool for all involved.”

Mead asked for and received $15m from the Legislature to construct a testing facility that would house researchers looking at new commercial uses of CO2. The facility would be located at a Wyoming coal-fired power plant. Mead announced July 15 that Black Hills Power and Basin Electric Power Cooperative have expressed interest in learning more about hosting the Test Center.

“I appreciate that these two companies will explore the possibility of hosting the Integrated Test Center. The research that would happen there has great potential to help the coal industry while also reducing emissions,” Mead said.

Wyoming, mainly through the highly-productive Powder River Basin coalfield, is by far the nation’s leading coal-producing state. It also plays host to several minemouth or nearly minemouth power plants.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.