Energy

The Bureau of Land Management announced last Friday that it has opened a public scoping period for the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI), a proposal that would designate approximately 1,150 miles of BLM-managed lands in Wyoming. The scoping period is the result of a nearly 8-year effort that began under the administration of Governor Matt…

Governor Mark Gordon formally announced the launch of Power Wyoming Monday, a planning effort with an initial goal of providing an accurate and comprehensive analysis of Wyoming’s future revenue scenarios to Wyoming citizens and lawmakers. Governor Gordon’s office and state economists detailed preliminary data compiled by Power Wyoming at a meeting of the Wyoming State…

According to an AP report–a major Western utility said Thursday it plans to speed up its move away from coal-fired power. Citing financial incentives, Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp said it wants to reduce coal-fired generation by two-thirds by 2030 while pursuing a buildout of wind and solar energy. Federal tax incentives make those renewables less expensive…

Reflecting his goal of making Wyoming a national leader on combating invasive species, Governor Mark Gordon announced today he has launched an initiative to address terrestrial invasive plants in the state. The initiative will be comprised of two teams– a Policy Team and a Technical Team, each comprised of local, state and federal government representatives,…

A proposal to boost state revenue by storing spent nuclear fuel in Wyoming would only raise about $10 million a year. The Casper Star-Tribune reports a panel of state lawmakers heard about the proposal on Thursday and will consider whether that amount is worth the political battle to make it a reality. The discussion of…

Some Wyoming lawmakers are getting behind a proposal to try to boost the state’s struggling coal industry with a marketing program. The Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee voted Friday to support a bill that would put $1 million toward the effort. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the bill could be considered during the…

A judge barred the Trump administration on Tuesday from acting on the recommendations of an energy advisory panel that was created to make it easier to extract fossil fuels from public lands and waters. The Billings Gazette reports that U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sided with a Montana-based conservation group that alleged the Royalty Policy…

A top official with the U.S. Department of Energy will visit Wyoming next week for a firsthand look at the State’s investments in fossil energy technology and the mining industry. Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has accepted an invitation from Governor Gordon to visit the Cowboy…

The University of Wyoming has received an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to field test foam-assisted hydrocarbon gas injection technology that could help recover more oil from unconventional reservoirs. The project through UW’s Department of Petroleum Engineering plans to pilot the use of a hydrocarbon gas mixture to create foam for…

Wyoming lawmakers are trying again to increase the state gasoline tax after a bill calling for the tax to be linked to the consumer price index failed to advance earlier this year. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the state Legislature’s Joint Revenue Interim Committee on Tuesday approved sponsorship of a new bill that would raise…


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