Gov Says No To Power Plant Amendment

Cheyenne, WY – Governor Freudenthal says he doesn't support a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to make direct investments in power plants and power lines. Currently the state constitution doesn't allow such investments. One goal of the amendment would be to encourage construction of cleaner-burning power plants in the state.
One technology being put to use converts coal into gas. The gas is then burned to generate electricity much more cleanly than a traditional coal-fired plant. Steve Waddington is executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. He says the amendment would give Wyoming an edge in fierce competition among states to host emerging clean coal projects. But Freudenthal isn't backing the amendment.
He said in his State of the State address yesterday that Wyoming shouldn't pick and choose between specific ways to generate electricity.