Governor unveils website that provides resources and tracks Wyoming’s Energy Strategy

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Governor Matt Mead unveiled a new website today that highlights Wyoming’s energy strategy. It is a resource for people interested in energy, the environment and the economy and also tracks progress on the energy strategy. Governor Mead released “Leading the Charge: Wyoming’s Action Plan for Energy, Environment, and Economy” last year and implementation began right away. The strategy contains a series of initiatives, which Wyoming state agencies have undertaken ever since.

“Energy and the environment are critical to the people of Wyoming and this strategy aims at striking a balance for our economic prosperity and quality of life,” Governor Mead said. “We have been busy with the initiatives that the public identified for the energy strategy and now people have another way to get updates and give feedback on these efforts.”

The website energy.wyo.gov has an overview of the energy strategy and progress updates on each initiative. The website will also be a portal to resources that are related to the energy strategy, for example, the energy atlas and the water strategy.

“As we start new efforts like the water strategy, developing an Integrated Test Center, and exploring an industrial project to add value to natural resources, this website will be an important tool for all involved,” Governor Mead said.

The Integrated Test Center is an idea Governor Mead supports. He asked for and received $15 million from the Legislature to construct a testing facility that would house researchers looking at new commercial uses of CO2. The facility would be located at a Wyoming coal-fired power plant. Governor Mead announced today that Black Hills Power and Basin Electric have expressed interest in learning more about hosting the Test Center.

“I appreciate that these two companies will explore the possibility of hosting the Integrated Test Center. The research that would happen there has great potential to help the coal industry while also reducing emissions. I am pleased that we are still moving forward,” Governor Mead said.

–Provided by Gov. Matt Mead’s Office

7 Comments

  1. Randy Ray

    Why should Wyoming tax payers foot the bill that benefits the energy companies?

  2. John Brown

    I don't see anything wrong with subsidizing research. If $15 million is all it takes to find a solution to the coal-fired electricity industry's CO2 problem, it well-worth the cost to taxpayers. How? Here's two reasons:

    1. It means a huge decrease in CO2 emmissions which is very good for us (especially for our children and our children's children) environmentally, and

    2. It's good for us and the state because we will still be able to produce coal (along with all that goes with it like jobs and revenue for the state) while meeting any regulations by the EPA that were initially thought to be created to kill the coal industry.

    If Wyoming can come up with a way to burn coal as "cleanly" as the EPA now wants, I think it's a good thing especially if we can embarrass Washington DC while doing it.

  3. Randy Ray

    That is like telling Microsoft that if they would come to Wyoming, we would build their facility for them, furnish all the materials for production, and pay the wages for all their employees. Makes no sense what you say. It may be good for some, but not the ones that foot the bill.

  4. Randy Ray

    I would gladly support tax money for this cause but you know as well as I that this will just open the doors for utility companies to raise rates all in the name of added costs for cleaner emissions. This has been proven through history. I believe in businesses making profits but the balance has long been on the side of energy companies.

  5. John Brown

    Randy Ray, it seems you missed the part where I said we could save Wyoming's coal industry which means saving THOUSANDS of jobs. Paying Microsoft $60 million or however much it is to build a data center which creates 90 jobs is in NO WAY comparable.

  6. Randy Ray

    I missed nothing John Brown. I and others do not believe it is the taxpayers responsibility to finance research for companies as they sit back and make hundreds of millions of dollars.
    You speak like a politician throwing the word jobs around as it is candy. Not everyone has the capability to work in the energy field. It is well known this state hides in the pockets of the energy industry and has , and will continue sacrificing more important issues to appease oil and gas. One example is the orphan well situation. High Plains Gas owes the state of Wyoming over 50 million dollars in bonds to cover costs of closing orphan wells. They said today they could file bankruptcy to get out of paying, leaving the state to carry the burden. It was also stated today that the oil and gas commission under estimated current outstanding closing costs from just over 5 mil to over 12 million dollars. This info came from an article in todays casper star tribune. In a nutshell, the state government is "in bed" with the energy industry and the industry DOES NOT CARE who they step on or what it costs to get what they want.
    I for one do not wish to finance this or any other hollow scheme to make the rich richer while the common man suffers. Good evening.

  7. Shane Herron

    Randy Ray well said.

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