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PacifiCorp Jim Bridger 5 Supercritical Unit, Sweetwater County, WY

STATUS: Killed

TYPE: Coal

OPPOSITION:  Sierra Club, State of Oregon


BACKGROUND: In December 2006 the developer announced plans for construction of a 527 megawatt unit at the existing Jim Bridger facility in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. At the same time, it began preliminary scoping for a coal gasification facility in conjunction with the State of Wyoming for the same site.  Sierra Club and others opposed the plan based on the allegedly harmful impact of the plant’s CO2 and hazardous air pollutant emissions.

The developer required certificates of need from the states in which it sold power to construct the facility.  In January 2007 the Oregon Public Utility Commission denied the developer a certificate of need.  In November, the developer withdrew its application for a certificate of need from the Utah Public Service Commission.  The withdrawal stated the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners adopted a resolution acknowledging climate change legislation is likely to occur and likely to target carbon dioxide emissions and concluded “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. Accordingly, the company submits that IPP 3, Bridger 5, and the IGCC option at Jim Bridger, are no longer viable options for 2012 (request for proposal) for the 2012 and 2014 time frame, respectively.”

SOURCES: http://www.pacificorp.com/content/dam/pacificorp/doc/Environment/Stakeholder_Groups/Update_on_WIA_Jim_Bridger_IGCC_Project.pdf
http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2007/12/11/news/wyoming/dd57370122353e84872573ae00074a79.txt  http://www.westernresourceadvocates.org/energy/coal/cleanenergyaccomplishments http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_efec3331-8101-53e0-a2bf-5fc444cd9bc1.html  

LAST UPDATED:  December 8, 2010