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 By Dustin Bleizeffer    News    June 2, 2022

Drought prompts 'unprecedented' drawdown of the Flaming Gorge

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will release an extra 500,000 acre feet of water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir to help maintain hydroelectric generation at Lake Powell’s Glen Canyon Dam amid drought conditions that have parched the West for more...

 

Closure at Jim Bridger avoided

A coal-burning unit at the Jim Bridger power plant will be allowed to remain in operation pending a second revision of the state’s regional haze compliance plan, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The federal agency confirmed...

 

Mandate could spike monthly bills by $100

Adding carbon-capture systems to existing coal-fired power plants in Wyoming could cost the average residential ratepayer an additional $100 per month, according to Black Hills Corp’s initial filings to the Wyoming Public Service Commission. The...

 

PacifiCorp seeks $26M rate increase citing extreme weather

Blistering heat waves across the West helped spike wholesale electric power prices in 2021 as drought conditions sapped hydroelectric capacity. The extreme weather prompted utility giant PacifiCorp to file for rate increases this month across its...

 

Following Cheney censure, Wyo. Republicans evaluate allegiances

ROCK SPRINGS - To Lenore Perry's eye, the Holiday Inn ballroom Saturday night was packed with red dresses, scarlet shirts and a lot of Harriet Hageman supporters. Perry, an attorney, has the same... Full story

 

PacifiCorp continues to run coal unit with approval in limbo

PacifiCorp continues to operate unit 2 at the Jim Bridger coal-fired power plant despite running afoul of a federal regional haze permit — an infraction some believed would force a Jan. 1 shutdown. Gov. Mark Gordon, who recently attempted to...

 

Governor signs order to postpone partial Bridger shutdown

Gov. Mark Gordon issued an emergency suspension order Monday seeking to temporarily block the Environmental Protection Agency from potentially shutting down one of four coal-burning units at the Jim Bridger power plant for falling out of compliance...

 

BLM pulls 264 parcels from oil and gas lease sale over sage grouse concerns

Wyoming will see a federal oil and gas lease sale in early 2022 due to a federal court ruling that ended the Biden administration's 2021 moratorium. But the size of the lease sale will be much...

 

Oil and gas industry shows signs of recovery across Wyoming

Wyoming’s oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery from the 2020 pandemic shockwave that drove the price of oil below $0 per barrel, spurred layoffs and stalled production. At least 18 rotary rigs were active in the state during...

 

PacifiCorp holds course to exit Wyoming coal

Wyoming’s largest utility, Rocky Mountain Power, will decommission its entire coal-fired power fleet in the state by 2039 while continuing to add wind, solar and battery storage to its six-state operating system, according to preliminary details...

 

Fewer 'recapture' districts spell trouble for school funding

For the first time in decades, Campbell County will not send excess revenue to the state’s School Foundation Program, the primary statewide school fund. The county’s shift from a “recapture” to an “entitlement” district reveals changing e...

 

School districts' uses of federal relief funds worry lawmakers

Some lawmakers are worried that school districts are using federal pandemic-relief and recovery funds to add new positions and purchase equipment that might add to ongoing costs for the state. The anxiety stems from the fact that school districts...

 

State criticizes utility's plans to replace coal with renewables

Wyoming’s largest electrical provider, PacifiCorp, wants to speed up its shift from coal-fired power to renewable energy. But its plan for achieving that vision lacks proper analysis, transparency and modeling, and doesn’t adequately consider...

 

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