Wyoming is Getting a Nuclear Power Plant. Could it Work for Colstrip?

Wyoming is getting the state’s first nuclear power plant.

This story might not have showed up in your newsfeed today (6/3), but it will likely generate some chatter among those concerned about energy projects in the region. ICYMI, one of Bill Gates’ companies (TerraPower), is taking the lead on the construction of a multi-billion dollar nuclear power plant in the Cowboy State. According to the Associated Press, the site (undetermined) will be built on one of four, soon-to-be-retired, coal power plants.

Getty Images/Matt CardyWyoming cranks out power… and carbon emissions.

According to Energy.gov, Wyoming contributes 1% of the nation’s energy, primarily from 15 coal-fired power plants. Other sources include 10 petroleum or natural gas power plants, 16 hydroelectric plants and, 20 “other renewable” power plants, like wind or solar. While the state is actively advancing its long-term geological CO2 storage program, it still leads the nation in carbon emissions, per capita. A U.S. Energy Industry Administration report notes that Wyoming is the 3rd largest energy-producing state in the US (2016 data).

Credit: michaeljungWyoming’s Governor supports the new, high-tech nuclear plant.

In a press release, Wyoming’s Republican Governor Mark Gordon expressed enthusiasm for the project, stating,

I am thrilled to see Wyoming selected for this demonstration pilot project, as our great state is the

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