(Kemmerer, Wyo.) - Today, Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, issued a press release indicating that it may close Unit 3 of the Naughton coal-fueled plant near Kemmerer. According to the announcement released this morning, Rocky Mountain Power filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update with the public utility commissions of the states it serves. The IRP is the company's best current view of what resources, such as power generation plants, it will need to meet the future power needs of its customers. A full IRP is developed every two years and an update is filed in the off years. The release says that: "It is more economical under current market conditions to close Unit 3 of the Naughton coal-fueled plant in Wyoming rather than to convert it to natural gas as was previously planned. However, the company will continue to review alternatives for Naughton Unit 3 through its current compliance deadline at the end of 2017." "One of the ways we work to keep costs low for our customers is by rigorously reviewing all prudent options to meet future customers need for power," said Rick Link, director of origination at PacifiCorp. "These filings with the public utility commissions of the states we serve demonstrate our commitment to meeting our obligations to customers and regulators, now and in the years to come." More information on the IRP is available here.
*Feature Photo: Naughton coal-fueled plant in Wyoming near Kemmerer.
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