CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The location of a proposed facility to test out new technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from a working power plant could be decided within a few months.

Two utilities which operate coal-fired power plants in the Gillette area are submitting information about the power plants to the Wyoming officials who are planning the test center.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Rapid City, S.D.,-based Black Hills Power and Bismarck, North Dakota-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative both have offered up coal-fired plants in the Gillette area as possible sites for the carbon-capture research.

Teams will use the center to test new ways to capture and use carbon dioxide emissions as they compete for a proposed $10 million prize.

Utility officials say the test center location could be decided by Thanksgiving.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,