(Cheyenne, WY) – Governor Mark Gordon Gordon signed six bills into law today, Thursday, April 15, including three that reflect the Governor’s support for Wyoming’s energy sector.
House Bill 166 (HB0166) will require public utilities to take additional steps before retiring coal or natural gas plants in the state. Utilities would be required to demonstrate to the Wyoming Public Service Commission that the retirements would not lead to added costs to ratepayers or less reliable electrical service
“The experience Texas and others had earlier this year underscores how critical it is that our electric grid remains reliable, and that it continues to provide 24-hour dispatchable power. It is imperative that this be done without adding additional costs to Wyoming ratepayers,” Governor Gordon said.
The Governor also signed Senate File 152 (SF0152), a bill that protects Wyoming utility customers from having to pay higher rates because of ordinances that might prohibit the use of a specific energy source.
The other bill passed in regards to Wyoming’s energy sector, was House Bill 189 (HB0189), which provides an opportunity for oil producers to utilize natural gas that would normally be flared into the atmosphere for other productive purposes, including cryptocurrency mining.
These bills complete a slate of bills supported and signed by the Governor designed to promote and protect Wyoming energy-related products, including:
- HB207, providing funding for potential litigation concerning export of coal and use of coal as a source of energy.
- SF43, the Wyoming Energy Authority amendments to encourage development of rare earth elements.
- SF136, authorizing the Wyoming Public Service Commission to fully consider reliability and economic consequences in Integrated Resource Plan reviews.
- SJ3, stating opposition of Federal decisions regarding oil and gas production.
The Governor also previously endorsed HJ11, which states that the federal government should respect state sovereignty and urges the current Administration and Congress work with the state to develop federal land use policies “in a manner which recognizes their impacts on Wyoming citizens.”
Governor Gordon also signed the following additional bills into law today:
Bill No. Enrolled Act # Bill Title
HB0051 – HEA0082 – Meat processing programs.
HB0036 – HEA0096 – Management council membership.
SF0085 – SEA0067 – Property tax-reporting and exemption.
The full list of bills the Governor has taken action on during the 2021 Legislative Session as well as the Governor’s letters can be found on the Governor’s website.