HELENA, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock today continued to work to support the workers and community of Colstrip. Bullock hosted U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials as they provided the preliminary findings of their analysis on Carbon Capture and Enhanced Oil Recovery options for Colstrip Unit 3. Joining the Governor were several CEOs from the energy and coal industry who are interested in learning more about the technology and its applicability to generation units in Colstrip. Today’s meeting highlights the Governor’s ongoing efforts to support the workers and community of Colstrip.
Earlier this year, Governor Bullock released his Energy Blueprint for Montana which recognized that Montana will need both carbon-based and renewable sources of energy in the coming decades. It prepares Montana for an energy future in a world economy that’s unpredictable and changing.
“We will leave no stone unturned as we continue to find ways to support the workers and community of Colstrip,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “Today’s meeting provided our state a look into new technology that could keep hard working Montanans in control of our own energy future.”
Senator Duane Ankey and Colstrip Mayor joined CEOs and company representatives from Northwest Energy, PacifiCorp, Cloud Peak Energy, Westmoreland Coal, Puget Sound Energy, Talen Montana, Southeastern Montana Development, Portland General and Avista at the meeting.
In coordination with The Department of Energy briefing, DOE also released a white paper that makes it clear that the use of coal will be a major part of global energy consumption for decades to come, and without further commitment to carbon capture research and policy support, the world will not meet its climate change goals. Additionally, DOE presented information on their loan programs highlighting the available resource for projects employing these technologies.