Coal is a valuable resource and fuels 58 percent of the electricity produced by PacifiCorp's owned generating plants. Approximately one-third of the coal used in the PacifiCorp system is produced from captive mines. PacifiCorp's mines produce approximately 8.8 million tons of coal annually from both surface and underground mines. Surface operations produce approximately 0.6 million tons per year and underground operations produce approximately 8.2 million tons per year.
In Wyoming, PacifiCorp has two-thirds interest in the Jim Bridger Mine. Bridger Coal Company, a PacifiCorp joint venture with Idaho Power Company, is the mine operator. The former Dave Johnston mine, which has been completely reclaimed, is now home to three wind projects. The company owns the Deer Creek mine in Utah, which is operated by subsidiary Energy West Mining Company. PacifiCorp also has an interest in the Trapper mine in Colorado.
These mining operations produce low-cost, quality fuel for PacifiCorp's power plants and are nationally recognized for productivity, safety and environmental factors.
As part of the company's commitment to the environment, it has introduced new clean technologies to reduce the impact of its mining operations on the environment.
Bridger Coal earns reclamation honors
Bridger Coal Company was recognized for successful reclamation work April 16, 2013, by the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, a multi-state governmental organization that represents natural resource and environmental protection interests. The company earned an honorable mention for using innovative methods to restore areas of Bridger Coal’s surface mine to its pre-mining state. Read more »
Dave Johnston Mine reclamation earns national award
Reclamation efforts at the Dave Johnston Mine in Glenrock, Wyoming, have been recognized with numerous awards from federal, state and environmental agencies. Topping the list is the 2012 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award for exemplary reclamation accomplishments. Read more »