Wyoming utility leading drive to expand wind and solar

By Camille Erickson, Casper Star Tribune

The state’s largest utility company is placing the finishing touches on a new Integrated Resource Plan — a blueprint for PacifiCorp’s master energy strategy through 2038. “What we are basically seeing is the beginning of the end of coal mining in southwestern Wyoming, which has gone on since before statehood.” said Rob Godby, an economist at the University of Wyoming.

The plan emphasized the need to transition away from coal-fired power plants for the interest of saving ratepayers substantial costs down the road. Utility companies saddled with the mandate to keep electricity prices low for consumers have been attracted to the increasing cost effectiveness of wind energy in recent years. Read more here.

It’s widely known that almost all of Nebraska’s coal is imported from Wyoming, but as our state continues to grow our own renewable energy resources, more and more of our energy dollars will remain in our state, benefiting our communities, people and environment.

Nebraska Energy Profile, U.S. Energy Information Administration

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