PacifiCorp cancels Wyo. coal projects
Dec 11, 2007 - The Associated Press
PacifiCorp has scrapped plans for two
coal-based power projects in southwest Wyoming, saying
coal plant projects are no longer "viable" because
of the uncertain political climate regarding carbon
PacifiCorp, which operates as Rocky
Mountain Power in Wyoming, said it has pulled all
coal-based power generation from its plan to meet
increasing load demand within the six Western states
The action scraps a planned 527-megawatt,
pulverized coal unit at the Jim Bridger power plant
in Sweetwater County. It also scraps a coal-gasification,
carbon capture and sequestration demonstration project
in partnership with the state of Wyoming at Jim Bridger,
according to Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen.
"The situation the company finds itself
in now is a significant amount of uncertainty about
what climate change regulation might do to the cost
of coal plants," Eskelsen said Monday. "Coal projects
are no longer viable."
California, Oregon, Washington and other
states across the nation are forcing utilities to
consider the additional cost of curbing carbon dioxide
emissions in proposed coal-based generation, due to
increasing pressure to address climate change.
Scientists say human-caused CO2 contributes
to global warming.
In a Nov. 28 filing to the Utah Public
Service Commission, PacifiCorp noted that just two
weeks earlier the National Association of Regulatory
Utility Commissioners adopted a resolution acknowledging
that climate change legislation is likely to occur
and likely to target carbon dioxide emissions.
"Within the last few months, most of
the planned coal plants in the United States have
been cancelled, denied permits, or been involved in
protracted litigation," PacifiCorp stated in its filing.
The move away from coal-fired generation
is in complete contrast with the treatment conventional
coal projects have received from Gov. Dave Freudenthal's
administration and Wyoming regulators.
At least three new coal-fired power
plant projects have been approved in Wyoming in recent
years, with no carbon capture or sequestration requirements.
All three plants are planned for construction in Campbell
County over the next three years.
Information from: Star-Tribune, http://www.casperstartribune.net