Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has announced he is assessing at least three potential sites for an experimental coal-fired power plant in the state.
Gordon told the Wyoming Press Association Convention that the Integrated Test Centre close to Gillette, Wyoming, was one option under consideration. The other options include the Dave Johnson Power Plant in Converse County and the Jim Bridger Plant in Sweetwater County.
The state governor has asked lawmakers in Wyoming for $10 million to build a 5MW power plant capable of capturing 75pc of its carbon emissions.
Money raised would be used to leverage $40 million in federal grant funding to supplement operations at the test centre, which acts as a research facility at the Dry Fork Station power plant.
This comes as the US looks to export clean coal technologies to countries that will continue to use the commodity, such as China and India, with the aim of them doing so in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way.