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Public hearings set for PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power coal plant early shutdown plans


CASPER, Wyo. — PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power plan to close several coal plants in Wyoming earlier than originally scheduled.

That would include at least four coal units in Wyoming:

  • Jim Bridger 1 in 2023 instead of 2037
  • Naughton 1 and 2 in 2025 instead of 2029
  • Jim Bridger 2 in 2028 instead of 2037

The Wyoming Public Service Commission will hold two public hearings next week “to discuss their investigation into the coal plant shutdowns in the PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which includes Sweetwater and Lincoln counties.”

Those meeting are set for:

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020, At The Kemmerer City Council Chambers, 220 WY-233, Kemmerer, Wyoming, from 3 pm to 7 pm.
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020, At The Rock Springs City Council Chambers, 212 D. Street Rock Springs, Wyoming, from 11 am to 2 pm.

“The Sweetwater County Conservation District is encouraging the public to attend a public hearing,” the release adds.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has called for scrutiny of the plans as the earlier closures would impact employment in the state.