High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center
The High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center was a proposed clean coal facility that was to turn coal into gas. On June 7, 2010 the University of Wyoming filed a minor source air permit with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for a permit for the High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center, to be built near Cheyenne. The facility will test technology to turn coal into gas and will cost approximately $100 million to build.
It was announced on July 29, 2011 General Electric and the University of Wyoming suspended plans for their joint $100 million clean coal research facility near Cheyenne, Wyoming amid uncertainty in the nation's energy policy. GE stated that lower natural gas prices and lower energy demand in the weak economy also played roles in shelving the project, which had reached the bidding phase.