ECED Breaks Ground for Coal-Based Innovation

Energy Capital Economic Development (ECED) officially broke ground in Gillette, WY to construct the new Wyoming Innovation Center to support research in coal-based products. This innovation center will focus on finding novel, non-fuel, high-value coal-based processes and products.

ECED, along with Campbell County and the City of Gillette are putting their first major capital investment into this “Carbon Valley” ecosystem in the hopes of finding new uses for Campbell County’s Powder River Basin coal. These investments are combined with project grants from the Wyoming Business Council and the Economic Development Administration.

“[Coal] is our most abundant and readily available energy source, but we can use it for so much more – and that’s what the innovation center is about and the research we are doing here, […] that the City of Gillette will benefit from, and the international recognition that you are getting here is just extraordinary,” Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said.

ECED believe this innovation center will provide a chance at true energy independence and innovation.

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