Coal-Fired Power Plants
Nearly two dozen coal-fired power plants-some approaching 60 years old-generate more than 6,100 megawatts of power in Wyoming, and their impacts can be seen across the state. Massive transmission line towers march across the land, often on corridors condemned across ranches. Railroads have doubled and tripled their tracks to move coal from mines to plants, while some utilities have sited their plants right at the mine mouth to lower transportation costs. Air quality and viewsheds have suffered in some areas (as well as in some neighboring states), and mercury has been found in some of Wyoming's mountaintop lakes.
Powder River advocates responsible generation of power from coal, anticipating the increasing likelihood of national or international efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and advocating the use of the best available technology to minimize impacts from coal-burning power plants.