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Wyoming's 2 Elk power plant up for 7th extension

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- The developers behind the beleaguered Two Elk Energy Park in Wyoming are asking for more time to develop the power plant in the Powder River Basin.

The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council is expected to consider Two Elk's 7th permit extension in 16 years on Monday.

The plant was originally supposed to start generating electricity in 1999 but Greenwood Village, Colo.-based developer North American Power Group is still seeking a partner.

The 300-megawatt plant would burn a mix of low-grade coal and timber killed by beetles. But all that's been built is a storage building and partial foundation.

A company official says the power market and economy can make it difficult to build a power plant. Others say Wyoming should pull the plug.