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Gordon approves full award for 2 energy projects

Gov. Mark Gordon has approved full Energy Matching Funds awards for two projects, Wyoming Energy Authority announced this afternoon.

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — Gov. Mark Gordon has approved full Energy Matching Funds awards for two projects, Wyoming Energy Authority announced this afternoon.

In August, the Energy Matching Funds Review Committee recommended both projects for approval. The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources is partnering with Frontier Carbon Solutions for one project, while BWXT Advanced Technology has the other.

In 2022, Wyoming legislators decided the governor could spend $100 million to provide matching funds for private or federal funding for research, demonstration, piloting or commercial deployment projects for Wyoming energy. Legislators made $50 million more available this year.

The SER and Frontier together sought $9.1 million for their Sweetwater Carbon Storage Hub project, according to a news release Wyoming Energy Authority published in early August. Researchers from SER’s Center for Economic Geology Research and Frontier Carbon Solutions, the owner and operator of the hub, will lead the project, which is supposed to help prove large-scale carbon sequestration in southwestern Wyoming is appropriate through finishing preparations for permitting Class VI wells.

BWXT Advanced Technologies was slated to receive nearly $10 million of the $20.6 million it needs to assess microreactor deployment, applications and development of nuclear microreactor technologies and knowledge in Wyoming. A public comment regarding the awards ended Aug. 18.

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