PacifiCorp’s announcement of early plant closures may trigger the first test of Senate File 159. WyoFile digs into the bill’s feasibility, mechanics and implementation.
Utility would retire one Jim Bridger Plant unit early in 2023, another in 2028 and two Naughton Plant units in 2025.
Company presented 30 potential “portfolios” for future power mix, almost all of which predict savings through early retirement of Wyoming coal-fired electrical generating units.
The future is uncertain for the more than 800 workers who run the Jim Bridger power plant and associated mines in southwest Wyoming. Are they the canaries of their industry?
The Bridger Underground Mine’s 2021 closure could end a unique and difficult way of making a living and powering the nation in southwest Wyoming.