Study shows optimistic future for carbon capture, but doubts over viability linger

8 Sep 2020

Along-awaited study released Thursday by the United States Department of Energy argues that retrofitting four of Wyoming’s PacifiCorp-owned coal-fired power plants with carbon capture technology could extend the useful lives of several of those plants, generating new jobs and millions of dollars for Wyoming’s economy over the next three decades while reducing CO2 emissions at significantly lowered costs to ratepayers.

However, the study — which quickly drew criticism from PacifiCorp as well as others — also calls for “some sort of additional funding” to make the projects financially viable; a gamble at a time where Wyoming’s revenue picture has grown increasingly bleak and global demand for coal power has declined dramatically.

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