Wyoming

WYOMING

Home to 578,759 people spread out over a vast 97,093, Wyoming is the least populated state in the nation with a population density lower than any state except Alaska. Wyoming is covered by Rocky Mountains to the west and High Plains to the east. Because it is in the rain shadow of the Rockies, the state is fairly arid, though it has a lot of glaciers and snowpack. Almost half of Wyoming is owned by the federal government, and the state is home to many national parks and monuments, including Yellowstone, the country’s first national park. Wyoming was the first territory in the nation to grant women the right to vote. It was also the first state to elect a female governor all the way back in 1925

When it comes to climate change, Wyoming is vulnerable to increasing heat, melting snowpack and glaciers, reduced water availability, and more frequent and severe wildfires. 

In 2020, Wyoming and the rest of the Northern Great Plains are experiencing an average of 159 days a year with temperatures below freezing. It is projected that, as the planet continues to warm, the number could drop to an average of just 79 days per year by 2100. As the cold recedes, extreme heat will accelerate in the Great Plains region. Days where the maximum temperature exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit are projected to double by mid-century in Wyoming’s region. This is extremely harmful to Wyoming’s residents and agriculture industry. 

The growing heat has additional consequences. Snowpack and glaciers are declining in Wyoming, reducing the reliability of surface water for cities, farmers and ecosystems. By 2030, many of Wyoming’s 1,500 glaciers are likely to retreat or disappear completely if we continue on our current climate path. With more warm days, snow comes later and melts earlier, leaving less time for accumulation. The reduced water availability combined with increasing temperatures threaten crops and animal agriculture in Wyoming, as well as Wyoming’s local ecosystems

Wyoming’s high temperatures and low water availability make more common the factors that contribute to wildfires:wildfires, drought, and dead trees. These are expected to increase harming property, livelihoods and human health

Rising temperatures, persistent drought and aquifer depletion could threaten the long-term sustainability of the Great Plains, with scientists hesitantly predicting a second Dust Bowl. This could have absolutely devastating effects on local agriculture, the industry to which the majority of land in the Great Plains is devoted, producing $92 billion in products each year. Climate change’s blow to agriculture will have a major negative impact on Wyoming’s economy. 

As of now, Wyoming’s only climate action plan dates back in 2013. Without any deadlines for carbon emission reduction or long-term planning, all action items were to be instigated in the year of publication. It calls for no green energy, just the promotion of more natural gas. The plan mentions vague “efficient, effective regulation,” but does not go into specifics. It  does call for some resource conservation, but calling the plan a “climate action plan” is weak at best.

It’s no surprise that Wyoming’s 2013 “climate action plan” does not focus at all on green energy. Fossil fuels are the state’s biggest business. Wyoming has been the top coal-producing state in the nation since 1986, accounting for 39.2% of all coal mined the country as of 2019. Wyoming also ranks among the top 10 states for both the largest natural gas reserves and the highest marketed natural gas production. Wyoming is also the eighth-largest crude oil-producing state in the nation in 2019, accounting for nearly 3% of U.S. total crude oil output. All of this energy output makes Wyoming the biggest net energy supplier in the United States, putting out nearly 15 times more energy than it consumes. Wyoming’s large energy producing sector and small population makes it, after Louisiana,  the state second in per capita energy consumption and the second most energy-intensive state economy.

For its own consumption, Wyoming relies mainly on coal, which produces 86% of Wyoming’s electricity generation. Surprisingly, wind energy produces 9%.  Small hydroelectric facilities and natural gas-fired and petroleum-fueled generating units account for most of the remaining 5% of Wyoming’s state-used generation. Overall, renewable energy accounts for 11% of the electricity in Wyoming.

Wyoming has some of the largest wind resources in the nation. Sustained winds are funneled through the state’s mountain passes and out across the high prairie, which enables Wyoming wind farms to operate at high capacity levels. The amount of wind-powered generating capacity installed in Wyoming has grown rapidly in the last decade, and the state ranked 17th in the nation at the end of 2019 with nearly 1,600 megawatts of generating capacity from just over 1,000 turbines. Several large wind projects are in development or under construction. Energy companies seek customers for Wyoming’s wind power in several western states that have significant renewable energy requirements. Consequently, there are several large transmission projects in Wyoming to transport the state’s wind-generated electricity to Nevada, Arizona, and California.

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CURRENT NEWS

Wyoming’s Wind Industry Dodged New Taxes in 2024 Legislative Session, but Faces Pushes to Increase What it Pays the State

By Jake Bolster 04/09/24
Wind energy’s supporters, which include communities historically dependent on fossil fuels, say current taxes are a win-win. But some lawmakers are trying to levy new ones that could slow the industry’s growth....
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Gordon’s energy initiatives survive opposition from climate deniers

By Dustin Bleizeffer 03/13/24
Two energy-related bills that would otherwise be regarded as foolproof in the Wyoming Legislature — even during a budget session — faced an inordinate amount of opposition from an unlikely foe: the most far-right faction…
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Montana proponents for public access, landowners, await implications of Wyoming lawsuit

By Amanda Eggert 03/04/24
The four hunters from Missouri had come prepared to Elk Mountain, Wyoming. Three of them had hunted in the area the previous year, finding its high elevation, fir-dotted slopes and aspen groves ideal for elk…
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Senate passes language that would strip funding for Gordon’s climate and energy research program

By Caitlin Tan 03/01/24
The Wyoming Senate passed an amendment to its budget bill that would strip a matching funds program, with purview from the Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) and Governor Mark Gordon, of almost $400 million.
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Climate change denial gains traction in Wyoming legislature

02/19/24
The Senate Agriculture Committee in Wyoming held a hearing that largely dismissed established climate science.
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Climate change denial heats up at Wyoming Capitol

By Mike Koshmri and Dustin Bleizeffer 02/15/24
Sen. Cheri Steinmetz was clear: The committee chairwoman did not want to hear prevailing viewpoints about carbon dioxide and climate change
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Wyoming, Slow To Take Federal Clean Energy Funds, Gambles State Money on Carbon Sequestration and Hydrogen Schemes to Keep Fossil Fuels Flowing

By Jake Bolster 02/09/24
Microorganisms are fantastically adaptable, living almost anywhere from the subzero temperatures of the Arctic to boiling volcanic soil. Somewhere on that spectrum are the microscopic organisms that reside thousands of feet below the earth’s surface,…
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Feds could tap more Northwest land for potential expansion of solar energy

01/22/24
Millions of acres of federal public land in five Western states, including Washington and Oregon, could be opened up to solar energy production.
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A Long-Delayed BLM Resource Management Plan in Southwest Wyoming Pits Conservation Against Resource Extraction

By Jake Bolster 01/21/24
For the last 16 years, Joy Bannon has been leading tours of the land near Rock Springs, Wyoming. Usually, Bannon and her cohort mosey through Wyoming’s southwest landscape—home to the sandstone badlands and slithering dunes…
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Wyoming forgoes federal funds to help reduce pollution

By Caitlin Tan 12/08/23
Wyoming has chosen to forgo its application for a multi-million dollar federal grant aimed at reducing pollution, as the state felt the rules around the funding were too stringent.
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Wyoming governor’s speech erupts into fight over future of fossil fuels, carbon capture

By Kevin Killough 11/27/23
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon sparked a backlash from state lawmakers when he discussed plans to make the Cowboy State carbon dioxide-neutral during a talk at Harvard last month.
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Climate Change In Wyoming: The Sanity Of Governor Mark Gordon And The Inanity Of The Wyoming Freedom Caucus

By Robert G. Eccles 11/22/23
I have a Republican friend who lives in a small town in Wyoming and who works for an NGO focused on climate change. It’s easy to make friends with Republicans in the smallest state in…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Fighting climate change is important. But so is protecting our landscapes.

02/09/24
Not everyone loves our vast state, but those who do are moved. I’m writing this today to remind you how special Wyoming is — and why that’s the case. Wyoming’s enchanted light paints our vistas…

$230 Million Wind Farm Near Glenrock Could Bring 200 Jobs, Power 44,000 Homes

02/03/24
AES Corp., a Virginia-based energy behemoth shedding coal-fired plants as part of a yearslong restructuring effort to focus on renewables, unveiled plans in January to build a $230 million wind farm south of Glenrock, Wyoming.

A federal forecast shows wind and solar will surpass coal this year. What does this mean for Wyoming?

01/23/24
A new federal forecast shows that 2024 could be a landmark year for the energy transition. For the first time ever, the U.S. will generate more electricity from wind and solar than from coal. There…

New data suggests renewable energy sources will outpace coal in 2024

01/02/24
For a long time, they said it would happen, and now they say it’s happening. A new report shows that in the U.S. this year, renewable electricity — for the first time on record —…

Feds offer alternate route for new power lines in Wyoming

01/02/24
Federal officials are revising a 2009 initiative that encourages developers to “co-locate” new electric transmission lines across the West — including in Wyoming — in hopes of minimizing landscape and wildlife impacts while also accommodating…

Panel recommends Wyoming spend $37.5M on six energy projects

12/10/23
The Wyoming Energy Authority has recommended Gov. Mark Gordon award a combined $37.5 million to support six energy projects, including coal-to-hydrogen and carbon capture proposals.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon pursues green, carbon-negative agenda in one of the nation’s reddest states

12/10/23
Representatives from nearly every nation have met this week at an annual climate summit, searching for agreements on how to curb the rise of global temperatures. The summit is being held in the oil-rich United…

Wyoming innovates to combat climate change as part of Gov. Mark Gordon’s “all-of-the-above” energy policy

12/10/23
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is promoting an "all-of-the-above" energy policy that features advances in wind and nuclear technology, despite pushback from his conservative state.

What Wyoming shows about going ‘carbon negative’ in coal country

12/05/23
Wyoming is highlighting a question at the center of the nation’s electricity mix: Can a coal state go “carbon negative”?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awards energy grants to Wyoming businesses

12/01/23
In efforts to continue a wave of federally funded infrastructure projects, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded grants to five Wyoming businesses, which aim to help cut energy costs and reduce environmental impact.…

As the nation’s largest landlord shifts its priorities, outrage ensues in Wyoming

11/29/23
From near the 8,700-foot peak of Steamboat Mountain here, Mark Kot looks down on the sandy and brush-covered Red Desert — home to some of the largest desert elk, pronghorn and sage grouse populations in…

Climate change allows diseases to spread into the Mountain West

By Kaleb Roedel 11/21/23
The fifth National Climate Assessment says mosquitoes and ticks are spreading because of milder winters. Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and dengue fever, and are moving into northern Wyoming and southern Nevada. Ticks can…

Plan to Hike Electric Bills 29% Sparks Fury in Wyoming

10/29/23
For years, people in Wyoming have been accustomed to paying some of the lowest electricity prices in the U.S., despite harsh winters and a rugged landscape.

Wyoming Rejects Proposed Moratorium on Renewable Energy: A Step Towards a Sustainable Future

09/22/23
In a recent development, the Joint Corporations Committee addressed a proposed bill that sought to impose a moratorium on renewable energy in Wyoming. This proposed legislation triggered discussions and debates, emphasizing the importance of sustainable…

KEY RESOURCES

Wyoming State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/10/21
Wyoming is a major producer of coal, natural gas, and crude oil—the fossil fuels that were created from the remains of life in the ancient seas that covered the state many millions of years ago.…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Wind Energy in Wyoming

10/20/20
Find wind data and information in Wyoming, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more in these areas.

Wyoming Solar Rebates And Incentives

10/20/20
Wyoming Rebates and Incentives Summary

Wyoming Solar

10/20/20
Data Current Through:Q2 2020

Wyoming

10/20/20
Wyoming does not have a renewable energy portfolio standard and no renewable energy credits to incentivize solar customers. Its net metering program is limited to systems of up to 25 kW, hindering an additional income…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Wyoming

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Wyoming experienced three severe storms and two wildfires. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Wyoming

08/07/20
Wyoming is vulnerable to increasing heat, melting snowpack and glaciers, reduced water availability and wildfires

MORE NEWS

Gordon Changes Mind: Will Not Debate Legislators On Climate Change

By Leo Wolfson   11/21/23  
Those who wanted Gov. Mark Gordon to engage in a good old-fashioned wrangling of words about his “carbon negative” goals for Wyoming and the causes of climate change will be disappointed.
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Wind and solar energy are booming in surprising places

By Shannon Osaka   11/15/23  
a county named for its coal deposits — a power company is building hundreds of wind turbines. In Mingo County, W.Va., where many small towns were once coal towns, the Adams Fork Energy plant will…
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Critics make case against utility’s historic electric rate hike

By Dustin Bleizeffer   10/26/23  
Rocky Mountain Power officials took the stand here Wednesday to defend the company’s proposed $140.2 million rate hike — a 21.6% increase that’s sparked fear and outrage among its 144,000 customers in Wyoming.
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Wyoming passes up federal funds to voluntarily close oil and gas wells

By Dustin Bleizeffer   10/05/23  
Gov. Mark Gordon announced this week the state will decline an invitation to apply for millions in federal Inflation Reduction Act funds aimed at shuttering low-producing oil and gas wells.
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Harriet Hageman: Boneheaded “Green” Policies Cause Massive Electricity Rate Increase

09/19/23  
I have often said that there is a special place in hell for those who pursue policies that are intended to increase the price of food, energy, and housing. Yet, we currently have people in…
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Wyoming, Colorado to partner on developing carbon capture technologies

By Sharon Udasin   06/28/23  
The governors of Wyoming and Colorado signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday for interstate collaboration on the development of carbon capture technologies.
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Wind farm opponents lose Wyoming Supreme Court appeal

By Nicole Pollack   05/25/23  
Albany County’s board of commissioners was justified in authorizing a 120-turbine wind farm to proceed during the summer of 2021, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Monday.
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Think this winter was bad? More extremes are likely for Wyoming due to climate change

By Nicole Pollock   05/19/23  
To hear climate scientists tell it, that record snowstorm that walloped central Wyoming earlier this month — well, it was pretty much par for the course.
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Wyoming’s Second Utility-Scale Solar Farm On Pace To Be Online This Year

By Kevin Killough   05/17/23  
The 950-acre South Cheyenne Solar Project broke ground this spring as expected, and it’s still on task to finish by the end of the year, despite supply chain and contractor availability issues.
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Federal Delays Cost Wyoming More Than 6,000 Oil And Gas Wells

By Kevin Killough   05/13/23  
The federal government held up oil and gas projects involving more than 6,000 wells for so long that operators canceled them. Lengthy permitting times are also impacting renewable energy projects, which is driving bipartisan support…
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As feds push emissions cuts, Wyoming wavers on carbon capture

By Nicole Pollack Casper   05/13/23  
Wyoming leaders swear, almost across the board, that carbon capture is destined to be a vital part of electricity generation.
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Wyoming Seeks $1.25 Billion For Hydrogen Hub, Which Critics Say Is Inefficient, Expensive And Stupid

By Kevin Killough   04/30/23  
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says hydrogen will be “a cornerstone of our energy future.” Critics say putting a hydrogen hub in a dry, desert region where there's already a shortage of water is a "crazy…
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Wyoming Oil And Gas Insider Says Supreme Court Allowing State Courts To Decide Climate Change Reparations Is Bad News

By Kevin Killough   04/26/23  
Lawsuits alleging oil companies are liable for damages from climate change will stay in state courts following a U.S.Supreme Court decision this week.
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Massive transmission line will send wind power from Wyoming to California

By Gabriela Aoun Angueira   04/17/23  
After a nearly two-decades-long permitting process, a 732-mile transmission line capable of sending power from what will be the largest onshore wind farm in North America to western states got a green light last week.
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PacifiCorp plans to accelerate shift from coal to renewable energy

By Dustin Bleizeffer   04/04/23  
Wyoming coal will play a shrinking role in PacifiCorp’s energy supply portfolio as the utility adds more wind and solar power and either retires or converts its coal-fired power units in the state to natural…
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A wet winter won’t stave off the Colorado River’s water cuts

By Joshua Partlow   04/03/23  
The abundant snow in the Rocky Mountains this year has been a welcome relief, but is not enough to overcome two decades of drought that has pushed major reservoirs along the Colorado River down to…
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2023 Climate Solutions tour sparks excitement in Wyoming

By Bill Barron   03/30/23  
2023 Climate Solutions tour sparks excitement in Wyoming By Bill Barron Last year we hatched plans for the 2023 CCL Wyoming tour with our dear friend and CCL Wyoming co-state coordinator, Barb Deshler, in the…
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Federal tax credits for renewable projects could benefit Wyoming the most

By Caitlin Tan   03/23/23  
If Wyoming follows through with some of its climate friendly energy goals, it stands to make a lot of federal money, according to a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).
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Solar slow to take hold in Wyoming amid national boom

By Nicole Pollack   03/19/23  
yoming’s solar industry is growing — slowly. Roughly 30 gigawatts of new solar power are scheduled to come online across the U.S. this year, the Energy Information Administration said. That’s more than half of the…
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Yellowstone forges ahead after flood of challenges

By Mark Davis Powell   03/09/23  
When Cam Sholly first arrived at Yellowstone National Park in 2018 to take over as superintendent, he immediately started discussing his core priorities. They included big ticket issues like improving employee housing and business practices,…
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Massive Energy Storage Projects Planned For Nevada & Wyoming

By Tina Casey   03/09/23  
Energy storage is the new black, and a growing number of US states don’t want to be caught without it. That includes the state of Utah, which is the proud home of the pumped hydro…
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Wyoming senators ask Department of Energy to clarify small refinery exemptions

By Mary Stroka   03/08/23  
Wyoming’s U.S. Senators, Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso, joined eight Senate Republican colleagues in asking Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to explain the department’s process for vetting and approving Wyoming’s small refinery exemptions to…
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Survey Finds Wyomingites Favor Natural Gas As A Future Source Of Energy Most And Carbon Capture Least

By Caitlin Tan   03/03/23  
Two University of Wyoming (UW) researchers wanted to understand how Wyomingites feel about the future of energy, including their perceptions and values. Selena Gerace and Jessica Western initially completed a survey of residents back in…
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As More States Try To Kill Off Fossil Fuels, Wyoming Will Be Impacted

By Kevin Killough   02/22/23  
Nearly two dozen states have some form of target to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in electricity generation. As more states try to increase the amount of power they get from wind, solar and…
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Effort To Reform How Wyoming Residential Wind And Solar Sell Power Back To Grid Dies

By Kevin Killough   02/17/23  
The House Travel Committee has killed a bill to reform how residential renewable energy producers are paid for surplus energy they sell back to the grid.
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In skeptical Wyoming, Citizens’ Climate Lobby pushes for renewable energy

By CJ Baker   02/16/23  
Talking about climate change in Wyoming — where roughly half of the state government’s revenue comes from fossil fuels — can make for a “tough conversation,” Bill Barron admits.But for the second time in four…
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The “Law of the River” at the heart of the Colorado River crisis

By Hayley Smith and Ian James   02/03/23  
It’s a crisis nearly 100 years in the making: Seven states — all reliant on a single mighty river as a vital source of water — failed to reach an agreement this week on how…
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This five-mile-long cloud of methane was spotted over Wyoming

By Aaron Clark   01/31/23  
Three satellites observed a big plume of the potent planet-warming gas over the US state last month, which scientists attributed to a natural gas facility.
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As the Colorado River shrinks, Washington prepares to spread the pain

By Christopher Flavelle   01/27/23  
The seven states that rely on the river for water are not expected to reach a deal on cuts. It appears the Biden administration will have to impose reductions.
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In California’s Imperial Valley, farmers brace for a future with less Colorado River water

By Ian James   01/27/23  
Just north of the California-Mexico border, the All-American Canal cuts across 80 miles of barren, dune-swept desert. Up to 200 feet wide and 20 feet deep, the canal delivers the single largest share of Colorado…
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The Colorado River is overused and shrinking. Inside the crisis transforming the Southwest

By Ian James and Molly Hennessy-Fiske   01/26/23  
The Colorado River begins as melting snow, trickling from forested peaks and coursing in streams that gather in the meadows and valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Like arteries, its major tributaries take shape across Colorado,…
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A river guide’s view of Lake Powell’s decline and the depths of the Colorado River crisis

By Ian James   01/26/23  
Muddy water whizzed past as John Weisheit steered a motorboat upstream in the Colorado River. He revved the engine as the boat sped around a bend and up a riffle.
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Wyoming towns welcome second chance to land nuclear plant

By Nicole Pollack   01/14/23  
For the Wyoming towns not chosen to host a demonstration nuclear reactor, word that they’re back in the running for a new wave of plants came sooner than expected
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Wyoming Plans To Plug 1,500 Orphaned Oil And Gas Wells

By Jonathan P. Thompson   11/16/22  
OIL & GAS: Wyoming officials plan to use $25 million in federal funds to plug and reclaim the state’s remaining 1,500 orphaned oil and gas wells. (Cowboy State Daily)
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Lawmakers flirt with deregulated zones for crypto miners

By Dustin Bleizeffer   10/20/22  
Lawmakers will consider draft legislation to allow large consumers of electricity — such as crypto-currency and blockchain miners, chip manufacturers and data centers — to contract for power outside the regulated utility market.
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Dominion Energy proposes 150-well oil project in Wyoming

By Heather Richards   09/09/22  
The Bureau of Land Management is asking for public input on a large oil and gas drilling project proposed by an eastern utility giant on federal lands in southern Wyoming. Dominion Energy Wexpro — an…
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The Fight Over The Colorado River’s Water Is A Symbol Of The Larger Climate Crisis

By Alejandro De La Garza   08/29/22  
There’s something familiar about the high stakes water use drama playing out in the U.S. Southwest. The mighty Colorado River serves as an economic artery of the region, powering massive hydroelectric dams and supplying water…
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A Painful Deadline Nears as Colorado River Reservoirs Run Critically Low

By Henry Fountain   07/21/22  
States in the Colorado River basin are scrambling to propose steep cuts in the water they’ll use from the river next year, in response to a call by the federal government for immediate, drastic efforts…
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In maps, photos and videos, see the full force of Yellowstone’s floods

By N. Kirkpatrick, Jason Samenow, Dylan Moriarty and Laris Karklis   06/18/22  
Every summer, millions flock to Yellowstone National Park and wait for the reliable eruption of the geyser Old Faithful. This week, visitors were caught in a unpredictable and massive explosion of water that coursed through…
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Floods leave Yellowstone landscape ‘dramatically changed’

By Matthew Brown and Lindsay Whitehurst   06/15/22  
Floodwaters that rushed through Yellowstone National Park and surrounding communities earlier this week moved through Montana’s largest city on Wednesday, flooding farms and ranches and forcing the shutdown of its water treatment plant.
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U.S. approves major transmission line from Wyoming to Utah

By Nichola Groom   05/27/22  
The Biden administration on Thursday gave final approval to a 416-mile electric transmission line that will help connect more wind and solar energy to the Western U.S. grid.
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Which States Are the Most Environmentally Friendly?

By Sarah Lozanova   05/05/22  
A majority of Americans see the effects of climate change in their own communities and believe the federal government should do more to stop them. Despite growing concern about the climate crisis, some states are…
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Standing on the Continental Divide, where wind energy could reshape the West

By Sammy Roth   05/05/22  
Reporting on clean energy from my kitchen table is one thing. Standing atop the Continental Divide — wind whipping at my face, construction workers grading roads nearby, pronghorn jogging across the sagebrush landscape — is…
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Several States Face Significant Wildfire Danger in Coming Months

By Jan Wisner Childs   05/04/22  
"I feel good about how prepared we are, but I know we’re going to have some tough days, some bad days," Mike Morgan, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, said during…
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States should not weaken liability laws for CCS projects

By Scott Anderson   05/03/22  
Early this January, a geyser in West Texas started spewing tens of thousands of barrels of salty water a hundred feet into the air and coating the nearby land with salt deposits. It took about…
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Feds to take water from Wyoming to bolster Lake Powell

By Matthew Renda   05/03/22  
The Bureau of Reclamation announced it would hold water in Lake Powell — a major supplier of water to agriculture and municipalities — and add more water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to stave…
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USDA invests in renewable energy infrastructure for 3 Wyoming small businesses

05/01/22  
State Director Glenn Pauley announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing over $38,000 in Wyoming renewable energy infrastructure for three small businesses. Nationwide, the announcement includes 165 projects to expand access to safe…
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Wyoming Cuts 11,300 Pronghorn and Mule Deer Tags Due to Drought

By Paul Richards   04/29/22  
Currently, six percent of Wyoming is “abnormally dry,” according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map, released on Thursday. The rest is experiencing drought, 59 percent of which is considered “severe” or “extreme.” The news…
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EPA plan would force Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and California to cut harmful air emissions drifting into Colorado

By Noelle Phillips   04/24/22  
The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time is proposing a measure that would force four Western states to reduce their harmful emissions because of the impact they’re having on air quality in neighboring states…
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Wyoming’s wind energy production moves ahead

By Tracee Davis   04/21/22  
Electricity generation projects in Wyoming harnessing the power of wind are moving forward, and the industry is a fairly major player in energy production. Just like fossil fuels are abundant here, so, too, is wind…
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