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Wyoming Announces Lab To Study CO2 Products

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A power plant in Northeastern Wyoming has been chosen as the site for research on transforming carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal into commercial products. Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson reports.

The so-called Integrated Test Center will be built at Dry Fork Station. That’s a coal fired power plant owned by a North Dakota-based utility called Basin Electric. Wyoming has pledged $15 million dollars in funding for the ITC and another $5 million will come from a Denver-based power company. The first tenant? The XPRIZE Foundation, a group that recently announced a $20 million dollar competition to develop new carbon technologies. Here is Wyoming Gov Matt Mead:

“I believe the innovations will be breathtaking and make a profound difference in the future of coal.

The test center is part of a wider push in Wyoming to find new ways to use the state’s coal as demand for coal-fired electricity continues to decline.

Inside Energy is a public media collaboration focusing on America’s energy issues.

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