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The North Platte River – Multi-use Water

By Gary Stone

Nebraska Extension Water & Integrated Cropping Systems Educator

Built in the 1950s, the Dave Johnston power plant is located near Glenrock, Wyo. This coal-fired power plant uses North Platte River water for cooling. Combined energy produced from the four steam-powered generators is 922.2 megawatts. The power plant is operated by PacifiCorp and scheduled to be decommissioned in 2027.

The Laramie River Station power plant is located north of Wheatland, Wyo. on the Laramie River. The Laramie River is a major tributary to the North Platte River. Constructed in the 1970s, the coal-fir...


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