Progress Energy, the company behind the largest coal-burning power plant on the West Coast, has received a $5.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help it build a coal-powered plant in a remote area of Wyoming.
The project is part of a larger initiative to boost U.M.S., a leading U.N. aid agency, to develop renewable energy.
The U.K.-based firm has received support from the DOE since the early 2000s, when it was formed as an aid agency to promote renewable energy projects.
In 2015, Progress Energy received $3.9 million in aid to build its $200 million Eureka power plant, which generates energy from steam and steam condensate and uses electricity from renewable sources.
The company has also been awarded funding to build a $500 million plant in the Umatilla Basin in Nevada.
As the company continues to invest in its coal-based power plants, progress has been made in harnessing renewable energy to power homes, businesses and other buildings.
In 2014, Progress began building a 500-megawatt solar thermal plant in South Dakota.
In 2018, Progress also partnered with the Department of Defense to build an 830-megawatts (MW) solar plant in southern California, and in 2020, the utility announced it had signed a $2.9 billion contract with an investor group to build and operate a 200-megavolt solar plant at its power plant near San Diego.