Wyo. power plant stalls 17 years, faces skepticism

AP News
Posted: Mar 30, 2013 2:17 PM

WRIGHT, Wyo. (AP) — The progress of an $800 million power plant that's been in the works for 17 years has some people in Wyoming skeptical that it ever will be built.

The Two Elk Energy Park in Wyoming's Powder River Basin was originally supposed to start generating electricity in 1999.

The 300-megawatt plant would burn a mix of low-grade coal and timber killed by beetles. But all that's been built is a storage building and partial foundation.

Two Elk's developer, North American Power Group, is seeking a partner for the project. A state panel is meeting Monday on whether to approve the project's seventh permit extension.

A company official says the power market and economy can make it difficult to build a power plant. Others say Wyoming should pull the plug.