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By David Martin

Meeting for RMP plan set


January 22, 2020

The Wyoming Public Services Commission will host a public comment hearing in Rock Springs Jan. 29, continuing with its investigation into Rocky Mountain Power’s plan to retire two units at the Jim Bridger Power Plant.

The hearing is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Rock Springs City Hall.

Michelle Irwin, a local member of the Powder River Basin Resource Council, said the group is supportive of the process.

“We want to ensure that rates and reliability are addressed adequately,” she said.

However, while she sees the potential for people to talk about local economic impacts and potential job losses at the hearing, she doesn’t think it’s the best forum for that discussion.

The PSC did not respond to an email from the Star as of press time.

Last year, the company announced the results of an internal study which recommended early retirement for four coal-fired units in Sweetwater County. Units 1 and 2 at the Jim Bridger plant are set to occur in 2023 and 2028 respectively. The other two units, located at the Naughton plant near Kemmerer, are scheduled to close in 2025.

Shortly after RMP released a presentation outlining its preferred course of action, the public service commission announced it planned to investigate the methodology used by RMP. Prior to the meeting in Rock Springs, a public comment hearing will take place in Kemmerer Jan. 28.

. from 4-7 p.m. at the Kemmerer City Hall. A third hearing will take place at the commission’s office in Cheyenne May 5-6.


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