At the end of March, PacifiCorp (which does business as Rocky Mountain Power in Wyoming) released its new 20-year energy plan, detailing what new electricity generation resources the company expects to build and what generation resources it will retire during that timeframe. The plan should largely not be surprising to most who have been following utility trends in the Western U.S. and across the nation, with the acceleration of coal power plant retirements and increased renewable energy. However, some aspects of the plan will be controversial, such as increasing reliance on unproven nuclear energy technologies and converting more coal units to natural gas.

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