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NRECA joins inauguration of carbon research facility in Wyoming

TheNational Rural ElectricCooperative Association announced its participation on thegroundbreaking ceremonyof a carbon research facility in Wyoming, called the , according to anApril 27 news release.

Theproject will allow researchers to test the capture, utilization andsequestration of carbon. The facility will use flue gas from the 422-MWDry Fork Station,owned by Basin Electric PowerCooperative and the WyomingMunicipal Power Agency.

Accordingto NRECA, it contributed $1 million to the project, which is expected to becompleted in the summer of 2017.

"Fromdistributed generation and renewable energy to cyber security and carboncapture, co-ops are collaborating with public and private interests to meet theneeds of their member-consumers and increase economic prosperity in theircommunities," said Jim Spiers, NRECA's vice president of business andtechnology strategies.

Otherpartners of the project include Tri-StateGeneration and Transmission Association Inc., which contributed $5million, the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and the state of Wyoming, funding $15million to the project, as stated in the news release.

XPRIZEwill use the facility for the final phase of its $10 million carboncompetition, which will conclude in 2020. The company will grant a monetaryreward to the developer of the most successful new technology for transformingcoal based flue gas into a commercialproduct.