More Than $11 Million Earmarked For Wyoming Oil, Mineral Projects
An influential panel of Wyoming's Energy Matching Funds program wants to spend more than $11 million to evaluate two projects that could help energize electric vehicles and squeeze more oil out of the ground.
Pat MaioFebruary 29, 2024
Wyoming Likely To See Billions Of Dollars In Wind Projects Built In Next Few Years
Wind projects costing billions of dollars that expect to produce thousands of megawatts of wind power are in the pipeline to be built in Wyoming. But predicting when they could be connected to the electric grid is much more difficult to predict.
Pat MaioFebruary 27, 2024
Federal Coal Leasing In Wyoming Expected To Draw Lukewarm Interest This Year
The moratorium on federal coal leasing in Wyoming's Powder River Basin has been lifted, but experts don't expect a bidding rush until after the Nov. 5 presidential election.
Pat MaioFebruary 23, 2024
Appeals Court Ruling Lifts Moratorium On Wyoming’s Federal Coal Leases
A longstanding federal moratorium on coal leases was lifted Wednesday in a move hailed by the Wyoming Mining Association, which call on the BLM to "now actually do its job and let Wyoming producers lease federal coal again."
Pat MaioFebruary 22, 2024
Effort to Build Out EV Charging Stations In Wyoming Struggling to Find Traction
The Wyoming Department of Transportation wants to jump-start its program to build out a network of electric vehicle charging stations with federal money, but the effort can’t seem to find much traction.
Pat MaioFebruary 19, 2024
As Production Slows, Arch Considers Sale of Wyoming Coal Mines
The potential sale of thermal coal assets by Arch Resources isn't the first time the St. Louis company has talked about getting rid of its thermal coal assets in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, which continue to struggle with production.
Pat MaioFebruary 16, 2024
Committee Considers How To Recover Rates For Electricity Shipped Out Of State
A Senate panel is considering a proposal to define recovery of costs that do not benefit ratepayers in Wyoming — especially those coming from wind and solar farms where power sometimes gets shipped out of state.
Pat MaioFebruary 14, 2024
Gillette, Wyoming Makes Pitch To Become Hub To Build Tiny Nuclear Plants
Gillette Mayor Shay Lundvall has a vision for the coal-rich Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming: Bring a components manufacturer and assembly factory together to build tiny nuclear power plants.
Pat MaioFebruary 12, 2024
World's Foremost Authority On Solar Sheep Advising Wyoming $500 Million Solar Farm
No one knows more about about solar panels and how they affect grazing sheep than Oregon State professor Chad Higgins. Considered the world's foremost authority in agrivoltaics, he's helping a $500 million solar farm project near Glenrock.
Pat MaioFebruary 09, 2024
Despite Tornado, Peabody Ships Most Fourth Quarter Coal In Four Years
Peabody’s Powder River Basin mines shipped 23.6 million tons of coal in the fourth quarter of 2023, the highest quarterly volume since 2019 despite recovery efforts from a tornado that hit its flagship mine.
Pat MaioFebruary 08, 2024
Wyoming Treasurer Wants To Know How Atlas Carbon Spent $15 Million Loan
Wyoming Treasurer Curt Meier said he is heading up to Gillette to get a firsthand look at what Atlas Carbon did with the state’s loan money and to review the books to see if the state’s investment is salvageable.
Pat MaioFebruary 08, 2024
Hageman Wants To Give Local Control Of 99-Year-Old Wyoming Hydro Plant
Rep. Hageman’s proposal to transfer ownership of a shuttered 99-year-old Wyoming Bureau of Reclamation hydro power plant to the Midvale Irrigation District in Fremont County passed the U.S. House on Wednesday.
Pat MaioFebruary 07, 2024
Rare Earths Discovery Near Wheatland So Big It Could Be World Leader
American Rare Earths Inc. disclosed in a technical report on Wednesday that it found 64% more rare earth minerals than it had originally envisioned. “This exceeded our wildest dreams,” CEO Donald Swartz told Cowboy State Daily.
Pat MaioFebruary 07, 2024
Wyoming Company’s Innovative Design Could Make Wind Turbines Obsolete
A Laramie wind energy startup creates wind energy loops that operate horizontally and low to the ground. They say the design could produce hundreds of megawatts of power at a fraction of the cost and footprint of traditional horizontal axis wind turbines.
Pat MaioFebruary 06, 2024
Inside Wyoming's Mission Control For Largest Fleet Of Wind Turbines In The West
PacifiCorp owns 1,032 turbines in the U.S. Northwest and is the most by any rate-regulated power company in the western half of America. It's all controlled from its "mission control center" in Casper, Wyoming.
Pat MaioFebruary 04, 2024
$230 Million Wind Farm Near Glenrock Could Bring 200 Jobs, Power 44,000 Homes
Virginia-based energy giant AES Corp. says its $230 million Settler wind farm near Glenrock, Wyoming, could bring 200 jobs at the peak of construction and produce enough electricity to power 44,000 homes.
Pat MaioFebruary 02, 2024
Wyoming Wants To Use $10 Million In Biden Tax Credits To Access Oil
The Wyoming Legislature will consider a proposal this month to use $10 million from a Biden Administration tax credit for enhanced oil recovery.
Pat MaioFebruary 01, 2024
Canadian Company To Go After Millions Of Pounds Of Wyoming Uranium
A rush to open uranium mines in Wyoming has Nuclear Fuels looking across the Kaycee countryside for deposits that could access millions of pounds of uranium as the state and nation rush to roll out new nuclear plants.
Pat MaioJanuary 31, 2024
Wyoming Mining Industries Headed For Showdown Over Property Rights
A Cheyenne legislator has sponsored a bill that could give Wyoming surface rights owners the ability to halt some minerals extraction on their land for any reason. "It would have a very significant change in the mining industry," the Wyoming Mining Association said.
Pat MaioJanuary 31, 2024
Biden Ban On Gas Exports Another Hit For Wyoming’s Oil And Gas Industries
A Biden administration ban on liquid natural gas exports announced Friday is just another hit from federal agencies aimed at ending oil and gas in the U.S. and Wyoming.
Pat MaioJanuary 29, 2024
Why Are There People Driving Electric Vehicles In Gillette, Wyoming?
One electric vehicle driver in Gillette says he gets “a lot of crap” for driving an EV. But he tells them he knows where his electricity comes from, and it’s coal. “I’m not from California and I don’t have my head stuck in the sand.”
Renée JeanJanuary 27, 2024
As Wyoming Coal Creek Mine Nears Closing, Locals Want To Build Industrial Park
With the closure of Arch Resources Inc.’s Coal Creek mine south of Gillette, local and Wyoming officials want to turn part of it into an industrial park.
Pat MaioJanuary 24, 2024
Potential Wyoming EV Charging Station Owners Say Investment In Them Too Shaky
As WYDOT is again planning to build out a statewide EV charging network across I-80, I-25 and I-90, potential station owners across the state say the plan is too shaky to invest in.
Pat MaioJanuary 22, 2024
Gillette’s Atlas Carbon Pioneers Making Wyoming Coal Profitable Without Burning It
Nearly a decade after setting up shop in Gillette to make Wyoming coal profitable doing something other than burning it, Atlas Carbon is building a new plant and tripling production.
Pat MaioJanuary 21, 2024
Uranium Prices Explode As Wyoming Uranium Miners Rush To Cash In
Uranium prices have exploded by 165% over the last year, and 15% just in the last week, which has caused a new rush for Wyoming Uranium miners to cash in. New uranium mines are opening up and expanding.
Pat MaioJanuary 19, 2024
Wyoming Oil And Gas Stand To Lose $900M, 3,000 Jobs Under BLM Plan
In comments protesting the controversial Rock Springs Resource Management Plan for 3.6 million acres in southwest Wyoming, the state’s oil and gas industries say they could lose $900 million and 3,000 jobs under the federal plan.
Pat MaioJanuary 18, 2024
Struggling Wyoming Coal Processing Company Merges With Colorado Firm
Gillette-based Clean Coal Technologies Inc., a coal processing technology company that has struggled for years to find a footing in a teetering coal market, has a new financial lifeline. If successful, the company's process for treating coal could boost Wyoming's struggling industry.
Pat MaioJanuary 16, 2024
Canada Energy Giant Wants To Build One Of Wyoming’s Largest Solar Farms
Despite sub-zero temperatures and snowfall blanketing Laramie County, a Canadian energy company wants to build a sprawling solar power farm that they say could power Wyoming industry. The proposed 771-megawatt solar power facility could generate enough electricity to light up more than 771,000 homes.
Pat MaioJanuary 15, 2024
$50 Million Effort On To Pump Wyoming’s Hidden Oil And Gas
A who’s who of U.S. energy companies are putting up half of a $50 million partnership with the University of Wyoming to pump the hidden oil and gas in Wyoming’s mature oil fields.
Pat MaioJanuary 12, 2024
Wyoming EV Network Not Dead As State Looks For Businesses To Run Charging Stations
Since being put on life support last spring, the State of Wyoming is again looking for private businesses to operate a network of new EV charging stations funded by $24 million in federal taxpayer money.
Pat MaioJanuary 11, 2024
Wyoming Uranium About To Boom As US Prices Rise
The uranium industry is riding a red-hot market. Miners want to reopen production lines throughout Wyoming, and perhaps hire hundreds to keep up with demand.
Pat MaioJanuary 10, 2024
Asphalt May Be A New Market For Struggling Wyoming Coal Industry
The state and Peabody Energy Corp. are among those investing millions of dollars into a demonstration project to show Wyoming coal can be made into asphalt for roads and parking lots.
Pat MaioJanuary 09, 2024
Rocky Mountain Power Customers To Get $9 Million Rebate On Overpaid Costs
Wyoming Public Service Commission approved an 11th-hour settlement Tuesday that will refund $9 million in overpayments to Rocky Mountain Power customers, lowering a rate hike for the first six months of 2024 from 8.3% to 5.5%.
Renée JeanDecember 20, 2023
Hageman, Lummis Bash Biden For Committing To Ending Coal By 2035
Harriet Hageman, Cynthia Lummis and Gov. Mark Gordon are all bashing President Joe Biden this week for doubling down on his message to end America’s coal industry by 2035.
Leo WolfsonDecember 06, 2023
$1.1 Million Wyoming Home Is So Energy Efficient It Costs Nothing To Power
A new model home near Lander lists for $1.1 million and is so energy efficient and self-sufficient it costs nothing to power, making it a model of what a modern net-zero house can be.
Renée JeanDecember 02, 2023
Kemmerer Nuclear Plant Might Be Powered By Wyoming Uranium
TerraPower and Uranium Energy Corp announced Thursday an agreement that may mean Wyoming uranium could power a planned nuclear plant in Kemmerer.
Renée JeanDecember 01, 2023
Laid-Off Wyoming Coal Miners Angry, Hurt To Lose Jobs They Love
Some of the 19 Wyoming coal miners laid off by the Black Butte mine this week say they’re angry and hurt to lose jobs they love, and that the company misled them to believe they had job security.
Leo WolfsonNovember 30, 2023
Wyoming Coal Mine Says Federal Roadblocks Forced Layoff Of 15% Of Workforce
Black Butte Coal Co. near Rock Springs, Wyoming, says continuing Biden administration roadblocks of a planned mine expansion has forced it to lay off 19 people this week, about 15% of its workforce.
Leo WolfsonNovember 30, 2023
$37 Billion Rare Earths Bonanza May Only Be The Beginning For Wyoming Coal Mine
Ramaco Resources in northern Wyoming says it’s discovered the largest unconventional rare earths deposit in the United States, a $37 billion bonanza that can make the Cowboy State ground zero for domestic production of the stuff.
Renée JeanNovember 26, 2023
Judge Blocks Effort To Stop 5,000 Converse County Oil Wells
A federal judge has blocked an effort to stop the drilling of 5,000 new oil wells in Converse County, Wyoming.
Leo WolfsonNovember 11, 2023
Nuclear Regulators Talk Plant Timelines, Safety At Packed Kemmerer Meeting
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission had a full house in Kemmerer on Tuesday to open public discussions about its safety review of the proposed TerraPower nuclear plant.
Renée JeanNovember 08, 2023
Nuclear Regulatory Commission In Kemmerer on Tuesday To Discuss New Nuclear Power Plant
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is the federal agency charged with ensuring nuclear plants in the U.S. are safe, is coming to Kemmerer on Tuesday to explain how their particular process will unfold, as well as how the community can engage with the agency.
Renée JeanNovember 05, 2023
Judge Squashes Lawsuit To Shut Down Wyoming Drilling Permits
Gov. Mark Gordon and other groups defending Wyoming’s oil and gas industries are praising a federal judge for squashing a lawsuit brought by environmental groups to negate 900 oil and gas permits.
Leo WolfsonNovember 03, 2023
Rocky Mountain Power Gets Heat From Wyoming Legislature On Nearly 30% Rate Hike
In another day of marathon hearings on Rocky Mountain Power’s proposed rate hikes of nearly 30%, the company was questioned over heat its getting from the Wyoming Legislature.
Renée JeanOctober 31, 2023
Cody Couple’s Self-Designed Geothermal Greenhouse Is Breaking New Ground
Cody residents Karl and Lynn Lampe have designed their own geothermal greenhouse that will use the earth’s internal thermostat to allow them to grow tropical fruits year-round in Wyoming.
Leo WolfsonOctober 30, 2023
UW Student Dressed As Eagle Pleads For Birds During RMP Rate Hike Hearing
University of Wyoming student Maggie Immen showed up dressed as an eagle for Thursday’s Wyoming Public Service Commission meeting to draw attention to eagles and other birds that are killed by wind turbines.
Renée JeanOctober 27, 2023
BLM Backs Off Approval Of Albany County Wind Transmission Line
In response to a lawsuit claiming the agency didn’t give proper public notice of its plans to build a wind transmission line through Albany County, the BLM has backed off and agreed to give it a closer look.
Renée JeanOctober 26, 2023
Part Of Huge Electricity Rate Hike Is To Pay For Washington State Carbon Tax
The Wyoming Public Service Commission got an earful Wednesday that Cowboy State residents shouldn’t be on the hook to pay a state of Washington carbon tax on a gas-fired power plant.
Renée JeanOctober 26, 2023