TODAY at 2:15 p.m. MST, the media is invited to listen live to
a one-hour panel discussion with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and representatives for the Wyoming Integrated Test Center's key partners. The public & media are also invited to watch the discussion live on YouTube. The panel will occur in conjunction with the official groundbreaking for the project, scheduled to take place around 2:00 p.m.
To listen live, please use the following call-in information:
Conference Code: 3107469006
To watch live, please use the following link:
Panel participants include:
- Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
- Paul Sukut, Basin Electric Cooperative Association, CEO and General Manager
- Jim Spiers, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Vice President of Business and Technology Strategies
- Paul Bunje, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, Principal and Senior Scientist, Energy & Environment
- Ellen Connor, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP of Organizational Services
- Mike Easley, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, Board Member
- Jason Begger, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, Executive Director (Moderator)
About the ITC
The Integrated Test Center is a public-private partnership designed to foster the next generation of energy technology. The ITC will provide space for researchers to test Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies using actual coal based flue gas from the Dry Fork Station near Gillette, WY.
In 2014, with the support and encouragement of Governor Mead, the Wyoming State Legislature allocated $15 million in funding for the design, construction and operation of an integrated test center to study the capture, sequestration and management of carbon emissions from a Wyoming coal-based power plant. An additional $5 million commitment from private industry was required under the appropriation, which has since been secured from the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in addition to $1 million pledged from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Basin Electric is providing the host site as well as many in-kind contributions including engineering and construction management services.
The ITC is slated to become one of only a handful of such facilities around the world, and only the second in the United States. While many carbon capture technologies are being developed and studied in laboratory settings, the ITC will be one of the few research and testing facilities located at an operating coal-fired power plant. The ITC will allow for real world carbon capture testing on-site, alleviating typical concerns over transferring the technology from a plant to the lab.
Pre-construction engineering and design work at the ITC began in 2015. Last month, when the Dry Fork Station went into routine maintenance mode, a large steel damper was installed into the flue system that will help direct gas to researchers at the test center.
The ITC is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017.