Coal research facility attracts interest

Cheyenne, Wyo. – A research facility to find cleaner ways to turn Wyoming coal into power is attracting a lot of attention.

Representatives of about a dozen cities, counties and economic development associations attended a meeting Friday in Cheyenne to learn more about the proposed facility.

Wyoming and General Electric are jointly developing the facility, which could cost up to $100 million.

The University of Wyoming held the meeting in Cheyenne to answer questions from those interested in making a bid to host the plant. UW's Vice President for Research and Economic Development says the university will accept bids on proposed sites until Feb. 9. The UW Board of Trustees will decide on where to build it.

It's hoped that construction could begin in 2011 and be finished in 2012.