CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Business Council board is endorsing a $1.5 million grant that would help bring to Cheyenne a Microsoft data center powered by an experimental fuel cell.
The grant would fund construction of gas lines and power lines for the project.
Under the proposal, the fuel cell would generate electricity from methane produced by the city's Dry Creek wastewater treatment plant.
The fuel cell would provide about 200 kilowatts of electricity for the data center and another 100 kilowatts for the treatment plant, helping to reduce the city's energy costs.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/WGwwZc) the State Loan and Investment Board plans to consider the state grant for the roughly $8 million project at a meeting in December.
With approval, the data center could be operational by next summer.
Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com