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Governors OK deal on power plants

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming and California have joined ranks in promoting Wyoming for a federally backed initiative to build the cleanest coal-powered electric generating plant.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed Monday in San Diego to create a joint task force of experts from both states to help Wyoming land the $1 billion plant, according to news releases from the governors' offices.

The plant would use a technology called integrated coal gasification combined cycle, or IGCC. The U.S. Department of Energy plans to help with the plant's design, construction and operation.

Wyoming and other states with coal reserves are bidding for the plant. "This memorandum reflects the commitment by California as a huge consumer of electricity to support the development of an IGCC plant in Wyoming," Freudenthal said. "It is my belief that, if the California electric consumers are willing to pay an appropriate rate, these facilities can be built -- and built to California environmental standards -- in Wyoming."

The task force will also work to explore opportunities to develop Wyoming's renewable resources, such as wind power.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed Monday in San Diego to create a joint task force of experts from both states to help Wyoming land the $1 billion plant, according to news releases from the governors' offices.

The plant would use a technology called integrated coal gasification combined cycle, or IGCC. The U.S. Department of Energy plans to help with the plant's design, construction and operation.

Wyoming and other states with coal reserves are bidding for the plant.  "This memorandum reflects the commitment by California as a huge consumer of electricity to support the development of an IGCC plant in Wyoming," Freudenthal said. "It is my belief that, if the California electric consumers are willing to pay an appropriate rate, these facilities can be built -- and built to California environmental standards -- in Wyoming."

The task force will also work to explore opportunities to develop Wyoming's renewable resources, such as wind power.


Source: http://www.billingsgazette....

APR 18 2006
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