Blue Ridge, Wyoming’s first and only coal-fired power plant, has been approved to start operations, the state announced Wednesday.
Blue Ridge Energy is investing $300,000 in the $40 million, two-year project that will create a new coal power plant.
The new plant will begin generating electricity in 2022, the company said in a news release.
The project, which will generate up to 10 million kilowatt-hours per year, will be the first in the state to have a fully renewable energy source and is expected to generate enough electricity to power 2.4 million homes.
It also comes amid the growing debate about climate change, as the United States is trying to reduce emissions.
President Donald Trump has urged the federal government to reduce its carbon emissions.
Blue Ridge is located in the Powder River Basin, where coal has historically been mined.