Department of Energy, university to research carbon capture

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal energy agency has announced plans to partner with the University of Wyoming for further research on how to trap carbon dioxide before it leaks into the atmosphere.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Energy and university researchers plan to study the economics and technology behind carbon capturing at two of the state's coal-fired power plants.

Officials say research would begin at the Dave Johnston power plant in Glenrock and the Naughton power plant in Kemmerer.

Republican state Gov. Mark Gordon says he has remained committed to the state's coal assets as it produces about 40% of the nation's coal despite declining demand nationwide and increasing interest in renewables and natural gas.

Gorden says he encouraged the state Legislature in January to support advancements in post-combustion carbon dioxide reduction technologies.

Officials say legislators then dedicated $5 million to the effort.

University officials say their Energy Resources Council has launched a search Tuesday for proposals to build coal-based generation technology that can collect carbon emissions.

Officials say the university is set to accept proposals until 5 p.m. Feb. 14.