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For press inquiries, please contact Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority at jason.begger@wyo.gov or call 307-635-3573.

 

June 21, 2017

Wyoming ITC to Be Highlighted at U.S. Senate Hearing

Wyoming Advanced Energy Project Topic of Discussion Before Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety

Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) will take the national stage on Tuesday during a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing to discuss the future of advanced energy technologies, including carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS).

“The technology developed at the Wyoming ITC has the potential to shape the future of energy production and use forever,” said Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA) Jason Begger. “However, this type of game-changing technology doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We need public policy and regulations that encourage its development and supports the scientists, researchers, companies and financial backers who are making it a reality.”

Begger will testify on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 before the Senate Subcommittee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The hearing, entitled “Developing and Deploying Advanced Clean Energy Technologies,” will feature a diverse group of panelists. The goal of the hearing is to foster a greater understanding of advanced nuclear and CCUS technologies that can help shape future and pending legislative proposals and regulations.

As the head of the WIA, the entity charged with overseeing construction of the ITC,  Begger will address the public-private partnership that has made the project a reality, as well as the importance of achieving economic viability in CCUS technologies.

“When it comes to addressing our energy needs, we need short-, mid- and long-term plans,” said Begger. “The Wyoming ITC is a mid-term plan that can help lead to long-term solutions.”

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May 1, 2017

A Battle Won, but the War on Coal is Not Over

Technology Remains Coal Country’s ‘Best Bet’

There is cautious optimism permeating throughout Wyoming these days. A state that has been rattled by declining revenues, layoffs and bankruptcies has awoken to a new reality under a Trump Administration. Coal, once again, has an ally in the White House.

During his campaign, President Trump made a promise to the workers, families and communities who rely on coal to reverse the regulatory onslaught that sent much of the industry into a tailspin. A little more than three months into his presidency, he has already shown his commitment to keeping this promise.

Just last month, President Trump signed executive orders to roll back the Clean Power Plan, reopen coal leasing on federal lands and rescind the royalty valuation rule. These are important first steps to leveling out what had become an exceptionally uneven playing field for coal producers.

However, repealing burdensome regulations alone will not ensure the long-term viability of coal. And lawmakers, miners and business leaders in Wyoming know it.

Historically low natural gas prices have eroded coal’s market share. And eight years of extreme policies under President Obama aimed at regulating coal out of existence have manipulated the markets and forced many utility companies to shift their energy portfolios for both the near and short term—something we cannot fix overnight.

What’s more, coal still faces vocal opposition in many parts of the country. We now live in a political and social climate that calls for reduced emissions.

The truth is, the war on coal is not over. And, in fact, this swift change in policy trajectory under President Trump is likely to only embolden those who would like to eliminate the use of coal altogether.

Here in Wyoming, state and local lawmakers – under the leadership of Governor Matt Mead – seized the ‘war on coal’ as an opportunity to think long-term about the future of this energy source. About how we can ensure an abundant natural resource remains a reliable, affordable and attractive electricity option. About how we can facilitate policies and regulatory framework that provide predictability and reliability for coal producers. About how we quell naysayers who would assume coal stay underground indefinitely.

While much of the nation was focused on debating climate change, Wyoming decided to go straight to solutions. Specifically focusing on ways to not only remove carbon emissions from energy production, but to turn it into a commodity – an asset from which we could make money. Finding a win-win, we could lower costs for producers and consumers while eliminating the principal concern from coal opponents – carbon emissions.

More than three years ago, Wyoming put its money where its mouth is – investing $15 million for the design, construction and operation of a center to study the capture, sequestration and management of carbon emissions from a Wyoming coal-based power plant. The state joined forces with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Basin Electric Power Cooperative – which is hosting the facility at their Dry Fork Station outside of Gillette, Wyoming – to launch the Wyoming Integrated Test Center.

Currently under construction and slated for opening this fall, the ITC will provide space for researchers to test technologies at a larger scale under real world conditions. 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 in the world located at an operating coal-fired powered plant.

The first tenants of the Wyoming ITC will be the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE—a $20 million competition to turn carbon into an economically viable product. The first phase of the competition is already underway and semi-finalists are working on projects to transform C02 waste into building materials, biofuels and even plastics.

Wyoming’s leadership is already motivating other states to take action. In his 2017 ‘State of the State’ address Montana Governor Steve Bullock asked their legislature to commit funds to the Wyoming ITC. He said, “I am asking that we get off the sidelines and join Wyoming’s efforts by committing $3 million and making it a joint project.”

The reason for other states looking to Wyoming? Coal country understands that when it comes to ensuring coal remains a permanent part of our energy mix in the 21st century, technology is our path forward.

Now we need federal and private sector partners across the country to join Wyoming in making sound investments in our energy and national security. By finding technology solutions to best utilize a baseload domestic energy source, we can ensure our energy needs aren’t unnecessarily dictated by other countries, provide stable electricity costs for American families and spur jobs to grow our economy.

In Wyoming, we have long been subject to the regulatory whims of Washington and changing political and social climates. And while we have every reason to feel confident in the Trump Administration’s commitment to miners, their families and coal communities across the country, we need to stay focused on winning the war for the long-term. We must continue forward with research and development; with a commitment to finding solutions that set coal up for success despite who is in office; with bold leadership and ingenuity—with technology.

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April 26, 2017

Wyoming ITC to Be Featured at TEDxCheyenne

Public-Private Partnership Focus of Talk on ‘Depoliticizing Carbon’

Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) will be featured at the upcoming TEDxCheyenne, highlighting the innovative private-public partnership that aims to reduce carbon emissions while depoliticizing the issue on the local, state and national level.

Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, the agency charged with overseeing construction of the Wyoming ITC, will be a speaker at TEDxCheyenne in June. His featured talk is titled “How Rural, West America is Depoliticizing Carbon.”

“Governor Mead surprised many three years ago when he said that the time for debate over climate change was over,” said Begger. “In coal-rich, deeply Republican Wyoming, this was unprecedented. It set in motion a project that has brought together diverse partners from all sides of the climate change debate to focus on a shared goal – reducing carbon emissions.”

“For too long, reducing carbon emissions has been a political issue. It shouldn’t be. It should be a technical one,” said Begger. “Technologies developed and perfected at the Wyoming ITC have the potential to forever change our conversations surrounding climate change, carbon and coal – to take us past debate to solutions.”

The theme of the 2017 TEDxCheyenne is “Reckless: Fearlessness in Discovering the New or Unknown.” The event will be held on Friday, June 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at the Atlas Theater in Cheyenne. Tickets are available for purchase at tedxcheyenne.com.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

For the full list of TEDxCheyenne speakers, visit tedxcheyenne.com/2017-speakers.

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February 23, 2017

Carbon XPRIZE Aims to Expand Team    

Engineering Operations Manager Wanted

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the first tenant of the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC), is aiming to grow their team in support of the $20 million global competition to incentivize breakthroughs in the conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable products.

The XPRIZE Foundation is seeking an experienced, creative, and skilled engineer, technologist, scientist, or technical manager to support and drive technical and operational aspects of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. The Engineering Operations Manager will support the project in all areas relating to the day-to-day scientific and engineering operations of the competition.

The winning team of the Carbon XPRIZE competition will convert the most CO2 into products with the highest net value. The competition is now in the “semi-final” stage, during which 27 teams from six countries will demonstrate pilot-scale systems that convert CO2 into products.

For more details on the job, or to apply, click here. To learn more about the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, visit carbon.xprize.org

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January 31, 2017

Wyoming Welcomes Coal Stakeholders from Japan

JCOAL Representatives Visit Wyoming ITC as Part of Ongoing Collaboration to Advance Coal Exports & Technology

Gillette, Wyoming – With the aim of fostering partnerships with strategic energy allies and potential export markets, Governor Matt Mead and representatives of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) welcomed a delegation from the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) to Wyoming last week.

“Strategic partnerships with global allies committed to advancing clean coal technologies are critical to the future of Wyoming coal,” said Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. “We are honored to have representatives from JCOAL here in our state and look forward to working together to not only expand export opportunities, but to see the impact technologies developed and deployed right here in Wyoming can have around the world.”

The visit from JCOAL representatives followed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Governor Mead and Osamu Tsukamoto, President of JCOAL, in July of 2016, committing to cooperation in coal research and development of technologies and coal trade.

During last week’s visit, JCOAL representatives toured the construction site of the future Wyoming ITC as well as Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station. The JCOAL delegation also met with officials from the University of Wyoming as well as economic development leaders in Campbell County to learn about their efforts to promote new business development in the area. JCOAL representatives also toured the Cordero Rojo Mine and the University of Wyoming’s SER research facilities.

JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and is supported by more than 120 member coal-related businesses, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel and Toshiba. The organization works to promote overall coal activities, from coal mining to the field of coal utilization, toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth and the reduction of the global environment emissions.

The MOU between Wyoming and JCOAL covers technical cooperation, research and development, communication and information exchange and facilitating coal exports and sales. The University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority and the Wyoming Business Council are the primary agencies that will be working with JCOAL.

Photos from JCOAL’s tour of the Wyoming ITC and Dry Fork Station can be accessed here and are available for media use. The photos show representative of JCOAL viewing the isolation damper and the site of the ITC’s largest test bay, where construction is currently ongoing.

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November 18, 2016

Wyoming ITC Presents to International Test Center Network

Partnership Makes Pitch to Join International Community Advancing Carbon Capture Technologies

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Demonstrating its global reach in efforts to advance clean energy technology, leaders from the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) presented an overview of the project to the International Test Center Network (ITCN) this week in Switzerland.

The ITCN is a global consortium of facilities conducting research and development on carbon capture technologies. The network has considerable knowledge to share and expressed interest in collaborating with the ITC moving forward.

Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA), the managing entity of the ITC, presented the Wyoming project to representatives from the ten current ITCN members earlier this week.

“The technologies created and perfected at the Wyoming ITC have the potential to change how energy is produced around the world,” said Begger. “Collaborating with the ITCN to share ideas, accelerate research and facilitate game-changing energy technology will benefit the advancement of clean energy.”

The ITCN was formed by the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC) in Wilsonville, Alabama and the Technology Centre Mongstad in Mongstad, Norway with the aim of facilitating knowledge transfer from carbon capture test facilities around the world. The NCCC, which is sponsored by the DOE and managed by Atlanta-based Southern Company, provides test facilities for the network in the U.S. The ITCN includes facilities in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Norway and the United Kingdom.

In February of 2016, the ITCN announced that the NCCC would lead the international carbon capture network after two years of leadership by Technology Centre Mongstad.

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October 12, 2016

Basin Electric Taps Local Contractor for Construction of Wyoming ITC

Gillette-Based Company Will Build Test Labs at Dry Fork Station

Gillette, Wyoming – Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced this week that they have signed a contract with Hladky Construction Inc., a Gillette-based contractor, to build the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) – a research facility to advance Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies slated for Dry Fork Station.

“This is another positive step forward in this project,” says John Jacobs, Basin Electric senior vice president of Operations. “We’re pleased to see this vision unfold, and we’re eager to see the results of innovation and ingenuity come to life at the Dry Fork Station.”

“While the ITC will have global reach, it is, at its heart, a Wyoming-driven project,” said Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. “The talents and expertise of Wyoming energy producers, Wyoming researchers and Wyoming scientists will play a significant role in the ITC and we are pleased to have a Wyoming contractor at the helm to construct the facility.”

“The Integrated Test Center represents an important step for coal generated power, and the energy industry of Campbell County,” said Scott Heibult with Hladky Construction. “With over four decades of service to Gillette, we are proud of the energy industry in Campbell County and proud to be involved in a project that could eventually lead to the production of a marketable commodity produced from carbon emissions. HCI looks forward to working together with the Basin Electric construction team towards a successful completion of this significant project, and the long term benefits it will offer.”

Basin Electric, a partner with the Wyoming ITC that is providing the host site along with additional in-kind contributions including engineering and construction management services, formalized a contract with Hladky Construction Inc. The contract was awarded after a competitive bidding process for Phase 2 of general construction work for the Wyoming ITC.

Hladky Construction Inc. was founded in Gillette in 1972 by Mike and Judy Hladky. Since then the company has successfully serviced multiple commercial and industrial projects in Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota.

Last week, the Wyoming ITC issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify candidates and select initial users of the test bays. Interested parties may obtain and submit applications at www.wyomingitc.org. Applicants will need to go through a secure login process, creating a username and password to obtain and upload the RFP.

Pre-construction engineering and design work on the ITC started in 2015. In March 2016, when the Dry Fork Station, which is jointly owned by Basin Electric and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency, 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.

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October 6, 2016

Wyoming ITC Opens Application Process for Research Teams

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced the opening of the application process for researchers and potential tenants at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC). The ITC is being built at Basin Electric Power Cooperatives’ Dry Fork Station near Gillette. Its goal is to advance Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies.

“Every day, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs around the world are making advancements in carbon utilization and storage technologies,” said Governor Mead. “There is no better place to bring the best and brightest to test these cutting edge technologies than in Wyoming. The Wyoming ITC will be an incubator for game-changing technology and energy evolution.”

The Wyoming ITC issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify candidates and select initial users of test bays. Interested parties may obtain and submit applications at www.wyomingitc.org. Applicants will need to go through a secure login process, creating a username and password to obtain and upload the RFP.

The RFP gives interested parties the opportunity to “lease,” at no cost, a test bay with flue gas slipstream from a coal-fired power plant in a competitive process. The ITC provides developers of advanced post-combustion CO2 capture technologies a place to test equipment and processes in a real-world commercial facility.

Individuals and groups in private industry, government agencies, government laboratories, university faculty and staff may submit proposals.

The ITC will provide space for researchers to test CCUS technologies using 20 MW of actual coal based flue gas to be split among one large test bay and five smaller test bays. The large test bay will have access to flue gas equivalent of 5 MW to 18 MW. Today’s RFP is for large test bay applicants.

RFPs will be reviewed and a selection made by a technical advisory committee made up of Wyoming ITC partners including the State of Wyoming, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Proposals are due to the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority by December 12, 2016. The ITC is expected to be available in late 2017.

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE was previously announced as the first tenant of the Wyoming ITC. The Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition designed to spur breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. A total of forty-seven entries from seven countries were submitted earlier this year to contend for the $20 million prize – twenty of these entries are competing for space at the Wyoming ITC. XPRIZE will announce those advancing to Round 2 in October 2016. Finalists from Round 2 advancing to Round 3 will be named in December 2017.

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August 22, 2016

Wyoming ITC & Basin Electric Finalize Partnership to Move Clean Carbon Technology Project Forward

Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC) took another step forward this week in efforts to facilitate the next generation of clean carbon technology, finalizing a lease and operating agreement with Basin Electric Power Cooperative to allow the ITC to be built and operated at Dry Fork Station. Dry Fork Station is operated by Basin Electric and co-owned by Basin Electric and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency.

“The commitment and hard work of all of the ITC partners is what has made this project possible,” said Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. “Basin Electric has been an invaluable teammate for the State of Wyoming and their Dry Fork Station in the heart of coal country is a perfect host site for the ITC.”

“This week marks an important step forward in this innovative project,” says Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and general manager. “We are pleased to be the host site for a project that holds considerable promise for not only clean coal technology but our nation’s energy future. We appreciate the State of Wyoming’s leadership and commitment toward advancing innovative solutions for coal and look forward to seeing the project unfold.”

The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA), the agency charged with managing the pre-commissioning phase of the project, finalized a contract with Basin Electric last week to lease the site at Basin’s Dry Fork Station for a period of ten years. Eight years of the contract are designated for research activities and the last two years for reclamation.

With the agreement between the WIA and Basin Electric formalized, ITC stakeholders are now working to finalize a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify candidates and select initial users to lease test bays at the testing site. The RFP is expected to be released by the end of September.

Phase II of the construction process for the ITC is slated to begin this fall.

The ITC will provide space for researchers to test Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies using 20 MW of actual coal based flue gas. The ITC will feature six demonstration sites, five small sites and one large site. Each test center will be provided with flue gas, power, and service water from the Dry Fork Station. The test centers will have access to varying levels of power based on their specific project needs. It is expected that the ITC will be available for Testing in Early October 2017.

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July 5, 2016

Wyoming ITC Seeks Global Innovators for $20 Million Competition

Applications to Compete for NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Due July 15

Gillette, Wyoming – The deadline is quickly approaching for teams to apply to compete in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE global competition – a $20 million race to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert carbon emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels and other items that we use every day.

“What the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is incentivizing is turning a waste product into an asset, something we can sell,” said Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. “If we can convert something that is a liability into a meaningful product that can be bought and sold, we can not only reduce emissions, but help, ultimately, drive down costs for consumers by creating a secondary market for energy production.”

“We cannot wait to see the diversity of teams from around the world that will compete for the Carbon XPRIZE. These bold innovators will help usher us into a new era of energy innovation with their breakthroughs,” says Paul Bunje, principal and senior scientist at XPRIZE. “The ITC gives innovators a state-of-the-art platform to make history by demonstrating their carbon mitigation and conversion technologies at scale.”

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is slated to be the first tenant of the Wyoming ITC. Teams interested in competing for the prize must submit their applications by July 15, 2016.

“We are proud to have the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE as the first tenants of the Wyoming ITC,” Begger continued. “The goal of this project was to facilitate partnerships just like these that can bring together the world’s best and brightest to work on real-world solutions to address carbon emissions.”

According to the XPRIZE Foundation, which sponsors numerous competitions covering a wide range of challenges, from adult literacy to advancing ocean exploration, “an XPRIZE is a highly leveraged, incentivized prize competition that pushes the limits of what’s possible to change the world for the better.”

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition will have two tracks – one focused on testing technologies at a coal power plant and one focused on testing technologies at a natural gas power plant. Each track will operate as a separate competition on the same timeline. Teams will compete in three rounds for a total prize purse of $20 million.

To determine the winners, XPRIZE will appoint a judging panel to evaluate the various technologies and approaches developed by teams during the competition. XPRIZE will also appoint a third-party Scientific Advisory Board of experts available to advise on a variety of approaches to CO2 conversion.

For more information about the competition, or to register to compete, visit carbon.xprize.org

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April 27, 2016

Wyoming Integrated Test Center Construction Kicks Off

Governor Matt Mead & ITC Partners Join Local, State Officials and Industry Leaders for Groundbreaking Ceremony 

Gillette, Wyoming – The next generation of low-carbon energy technology took a big step forward today with the official ground breaking of the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, a cutting edge carbon research facility being built outside of Gillette.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead teamed up with representatives from Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE for the ceremony at the Dry Fork Power Station, owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency. Local and state leaders, as well as additional project partners and stakeholders were in attendance.

“This is truly a tremendous occasion we mark here today – for Gillette, for Wyoming, for scientists and researchers, for energy workers and energy providers … for all of us who go home and turn the lights on at night,” said Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. “The ITC represents the very best of what is possible through a private-public partnership, and is positioned to capitalize on smart technological innovation that will deliver energy independence and reduced carbon emissions.”

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, a one-hour roundtable discussion with Governor Matt Mead and representatives of partner organizations was held.

Photos of the event will be available shortly on the ITC Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WyomingITC.

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April 27, 2016

WATCH & LISTEN LIVE to ITC Groundbreaking Panel Discussion with Governor Matt Mead & Leaders from Basin Electric, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association 

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:

1-855-860-4473

Conference Code: 3107469000

To watch live, please use the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1bGzruwjA4

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)

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April 12, 2016

Wyoming Integrated Test Center Groundbreaking Slated for April 27

Media Invited to Attend Ceremony & Roundtable Discussion on Cutting Edge Carbon Research Facility

Gillette, Wyoming – Construction for the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, a cutting edge carbon research facility, will officially kick off Wednesday, April 27, at a groundbreaking ceremony at the Dry Fork Power Station, owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will lead the groundbreaking ceremony along with representatives from Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. Local and state leaders, as well as additional project partners, will also be in attendance.

“I am excited to see what advancements in carbon dioxide use and opportunities in petrochemicals come from the great minds at the Integrated Test Center,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. “Wyoming leads the nation in coal production and the ITC allows us to show the same leadership in research. We are investing in the future of coal – so the industry can continue to serve Wyoming and the Nation for generations to come.”

Details are as follows:

Wyoming Integrated Test Center

Groundbreaking Ceremony

April 27, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The Dry Fork Station

12460 N Highway 59

Gillette, Wyoming

“Basin Electric is pleased to provide the host site for this innovative project, which has much potential for our energy future,” says Paul Sukut Basin Electric CEO and general manager. “We believe that between human and industry ingenuity, partnerships and bold leadership, we can not only create a viable future for coal, but reduce carbon dioxide emissions without adversely impacting our local economies. This project is one step in that direction, and we look forward to seeing the results of so many innovative individuals.”

“Tri-State is proud to provide financial support to the State of Wyoming for the development of the ITC,” said Mike McInnes, CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. “With our partners, we’ve worked tirelessly to spur a new path for entrepreneurship and innovation in carbon management, which culminates with the breaking of ground for the ITC and the hosting of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.”

“The Integrated Test Center is a shining example of how America’s Electric Cooperatives are pushing the boundaries of innovation,” said James P. Spiers, Vice President Business and Technology Strategies, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. “From distributed generation and renewable energy to cyber security and carbon capture, co-ops are collaborating with public and private interests to meet the needs of their member-consumers’ quality of life and economic prosperity for the 21st century through the delivery of safe, reliable and affordable electricity.”

“XPRIZE is excited to collaborate with ITC in this first-of-its-kind opportunity to bring low-carbon energy innovation to electric power, one of the most important technology challenges facing the world today,” said Paul Bunje, senior director and principal scientist of XPRIZE’s Energy & Environment team. “ITC gives global innovators competing in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE a world-class space to test potentially revolutionary technologies that could change how we tackle carbon emissions and develop energy technology long into the future.”

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, a one-hour roundtable discussion will be held with Governor Matt Mead and representatives of partner organizations. The press will have the opportunity to ask questions to all the speakers. Due to limited space and security, the general public will be unable to attend the ceremony. Photos and video will be made available following the event.

To attend, media are required to RSVP by Tuesday, April 26. To RSVP, contact Kristin Walker at 307-690-4705 or via email at http://info@wyomingitc.org. Identification will be required to enter the facility. The Dry Fork Station is located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Gillette.

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March 14, 2016

Wyoming Integrated Test Center Hosts Open House

First Project Update to be Held Monday, March 21 in Gillette, Open to the Public

Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA) is hosting a public update on the Integrated Test Center (ITC) in Gillette next week, offering members of the community, media and local stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about the cutting-edge project slated for the Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station near Gillette.

Monday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gillette College Tech Center, there will be an open house to provide an update on the ITC hosted by the WIA, the agency charged with managing the pre-commissioning phase of the project. Executive Director of the WIA, Jason Begger will give a brief presentation on the history, current status and future of the ITC. Details are as follows:

Monday, March 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Gillette College Tech Center

Peabody Energy Hall

3251 South 4-J Road

Gillette, Wyoming

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

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March 8, 2016

Wyoming Integrated Test Center Unveils Project Logo & Website

ITC Launches Digital Tools to Help Public Track Updates on Innovative State Project

Cheyenne, Wyoming – Aiming to ensure public access to timely information on the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC), the project launched a digital campaign this week complete with website, Facebook and Twitter.

“I am excited to see what advancements in carbon dioxide use and opportunities in petrochemicals come from the great minds at the Integrated Test Center,” said Governor Matt Mead. “Wyoming leads the nation in coal production and the ITC allows us to show the same leadership in research. This facility is an investment in the future of coal – a future that will serve Wyoming and the Nation for generations to come.”

The ITC 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 Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station near Gillette

The project recently launched a website, Facebook page and Twitter account to increase public awareness and provide timely updates on construction progress. Individuals and members of the press can sign up for email updates, track construction progress and learn more about the research projects at the facility via these digital tools, which can be accessed at:

Website: http://www.wyomingitc.org/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WyomingITC

Twitter: twitter.com/WyomingITC

“When it comes to advancing clean energy technology, Wyoming is putting its money where its mouth is,” said Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, which is managing the pre-commissioning phase of the project, Jason Begger. “Research at the facility will help ensure the viability of the coal industry, which supports jobs, local and state economies and keeps electricity prices low for millions of people around the globe.”

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 fired 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 additional in-kind contributions including engineering and construction management services.

The ITC is slated to be one of a handful of such facilities around the world and only the second one 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 at an operating coal-fired powered plant. The ITC will allow for real world testing at an active power plant and alleviates typical concerns over being able to transfer technology from a lab to a plant.

Pre-construction engineering and design work started in 2015. This month, when the Dry Fork Station goes into routine maintenance mode, a large steel damper will be installed into the flue system that will help direct gas to researchers at the test center. Additional engineering is ongoing with site preparation and other construction work to begin in the Spring of 2016. The ITC is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017.

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