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?
Rocky Mountain Power
Utility company PacifiCorp is in the midst of “repowering” older wind turbines with newer technology, including blades.
Unit 3 burned 165 tons of coal an hour, but it won’t consume as much as a briquette tomorrow.
A power plant unit will close in 9 months and a mine owner considers bankruptcy, unsettling the economic security of 300 miners and a whole community.
Utility giant PacifiCorp plans to shift from coal-fired power to wind energy in south-central Wyoming, continuing its outsized role in local economies.