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Department of Economics

College of Business Department 3985

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2175

Fax: 307-766-4028


Economics News

March 6, 2018 -UW economist Anne Alexander told K2 Radio that Wyoming residents and businesses will see higher costs, from household appliances to heavy machinery, if President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs go into effect.

March 6, 2018 - Colorado Public Radio (CPR) interviewed UW economist Rob Godby, who said that a brand-new wind farm would be cheaper to run than an already-paid-for coal-fired power plant. He commented on CPR’s piece about how the state fared with an increase in coal production.

March 2, 2018 -UW economist Chuck Mason was interviewed by Wyoming Public Radio about the Legislature’s ongoing discussion about energy that centers on taxes and revenue.

March 2, 2018 - The Intercept reported that members of both U.S. congressional parties will work together this week in an attempt to roll back financial rules, which experts are contending will produce negative effects. UW Emeritus Professor Sherrill Shaffer was interviewed by the award-winning news organization that covers national security, politics, civil liberties, the environment, international affairs, technology, criminal justice and the media.

February 28, 2018 -Jackson hosted its second Saturday U program -- UW’s popular one-day lecture series -- of the academic year last week, with three UW professors lecturing on timely topics, reported The Jackson Hole News and Guide. Rob Godby was one of the three professor presenting. Pinedale Online also reported on a similar UW Saturday U program earlier in the week in Pinedale.

February 23, 2018 - National Public Radio reported that energy analysts agree the reasons for nearly 1,000 more coal jobs added nationwide last year are short-term and have nothing to do with White House policies. UW economist Rob Godby said production was up, but mines are doing more with fewer workers.

February 20, 2018 - Wyoming Public Radio interviewed UW economist Chuck Mason, who commented on proposed Wyoming legislation that would cut the severance tax rate in half for petroleum and natural gas companies for a certain period of time.

February 18, 2018 - The Tribune Eagle spoke with UW economist Rob Godby about President Donald Trump’s proposed $200 billion infrastructure plan and what it could mean for Wyoming.

February 8, 2018 - Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Godby for a story on the largest coal company in the world, Peabody Energy, which is reporting higher earnings and revenues this past year. Peabody owns two coal mines in the Powder River Basin.

February 7, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) about the Annual Energy Outlook report indicating that coal production nationwide will see a downturn in the next few years.

January 26, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby spoke with The CS-T in a story noting that production at the 12 coal mines in northern Wyoming rose to 305.3 million tons in 2017, a 6.3 percent increase compared to the previous year. Godby also commented on a CS-T story on the oil field service sector, which is improving, but jobs may be slower to return. He talked with The CS-T on how long the oil recovery uptick will last.

January 25, 2018 - The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed UW energy economist Chuck Mason about rising crude oil prices. Mason said he is surprised that the market has steadily stayed at $60 a barrel the last couple of months.

January 23, 2018 - Wyoming Business Report notes that UW economist Anne Alexander will discuss Wyoming’s latest economic forecast during the Wyoming Business Report/Wyoming Business Alliance’s forum next month in Casper.

January 7, 2018 -UW economist Rob Godby was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) about Wyoming’s long-term economic forecast.

January 2, 2018 - Wyoming Public Media interviewed Godby about factors that have influenced Wyoming’s energy industries.

December 29, 2017 -Jonathan Naughton, director of UW’s Wind Energy Research Center, and UW economist Rob Godby were interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor for an article on how coal-rich Wyoming is investing in wind energy.

December 16, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby said, in a CS-T interview, that he is not yet convinced that the Blackjewel mine buyout in northeast Wyoming represents a fundamental shift in Wyoming coal. Coal Zoom published the article on its website.

 December 9, 2017 - The CS-T quoted UW economist Rob Godby in a story about how hopes for an energy industry comeback are chilling efforts to reform Wyoming’s tax structure.

 November 29, 2017 - Power Technology noted that a major wind company supplying wind turbines for a project in Carbon County is offering to train unemployed coal miners as wind farm technicians. In an interview, UW economist Rob Godby said the company’s offer could be a catalyst for a shift in thinking about the potential economic benefits of wind projects.

 November 29, 2017 - Charles Mason was a co-author of a study that found two large New England energy companies reserved large volumes of natural gas pipeline capacity every day during important times of the year, then canceled the sales at the last minute, in a price-fixing scheme, reported Vermont’s Brattleboro Reformer.

 November 28, 2017 - The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) reported that the price of crude oil in Wyoming hit the $60 a barrel mark last week. Chuck Mason, an oil and gas economist at UW’s Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy, said in an interview that he did not expect continued escalation of prices for the state.

 November 20, 2017 - The CS-T interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about Wyoming legislators considering how to regulate Wyoming’s wind, which is in demand. As the industry changes, so should the regulations that govern it, lawmakers say.

 November 11, 2017 - The AP published a CS-T article noting that the U.S. military is expected to spend nearly $5 billion over the next 10-20 years in Cheyenne to modernize F.E. Warren Air Force Base’s intercontinental ballistic missiles system. UW economist Anne Alexander was quoted in the article.

November 8, 2017 - The Associated Press (AP) picked up a story in which Gov. Matt Mead said the state’s “economic storm” has passed, but UW economist Rob Godby said energy production in the state is now at a “new normal” and “more likely at a slow decline.” U.S. News and World Report also published the story.

November 4, 2017 - Sheridan Media noted that a panel, which featured UW economist Rob Godby, said that if Wyoming is going to diversify economically, the state needs to diversify the sources of its revenues.

November 5, 2017 - The CS-T quoted Godby in a story noting that building new winds farm is getting cheaper, according to an annual study that documents the cost of new power generation.

October 30, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby is featured prominently in a documentary by the Center for Investigative Reporting about energy and wind in Wyoming.

October 29, 2017 - UW economist Anne Alexander will moderate this week’s Southeast Economic Forecast Luncheon in Cheyenne, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

October 26, 2017 - The Garden City Telegram noted that Sasha Skiba, a UW associate professor of economics, was the keynote speaker at the recent Kansas Economic Policy Conference.

October 25, 2017 - Professor Sherrill Shaffer, the Guthrie Distinguished Professor of Banking and Financial Services in the UW College of Business’s Department of Economics, was featured in a WalletHub piece about secured credit cards.

October 22, 2017 - The Wyoming Tribune Eagle interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about Great Lakes Aviation cutting back on its flights to other communities. Godby said passengers want to fly more comfortable, faster and larger planes than what Great Lakes operates.

October 16, 2017 - CS-T interviewed Godby about a proposed Trump administration proposal that would help subsidize the ailing coal and energy industry.

October 11, 2017 - ABC News mentioned UW economist Rob Godby in a story about the rollback of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which officials say is a boon to the coal industry and a win for supporters of President Trump, while environmental advocacy groups say the move is a step backward.

October 10, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby is quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) story about the impact of the unraveling of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan on Wyoming’s coal industry. Godby also was quoted in a High Country News story about the future of the state’s coal industry.

October 6, 2017 - Inside Energy interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about Wyoming and Japanese officials meeting in Gillette to sign a memorandum of understanding about a partnership that would find a way to export Wyoming coal to Japan and work on carbon capture technologies to clean up coal-burning power plants.

October 4, 2017 - Kansas Ag Connection noted that Alexandre Skiba, an associate professor in the UW Department of Economics, will speak later this month at the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference at the University of Kansas.

September 28, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby told The Baltimore Sun that coal production has declined each year since 2012, but has increased slightly to begin the new year.

September 18, 2017 - High Country News interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about alternative energy developments in the state. Godby said an increase in the state wind tax could discourage future development, including tech companies looking for clean-energy sources when considering new locations.

September 14, 2017 - UW to Host Emergining Issues Forum on Wyoming's Energy Future October 2-3, 2017. Read more here.

September 10, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal interviewed UW economics Assistant Professor Linda Thunstrom about a research paper her team wrote about apps designed to deter overspending. Their research indicated that apps designed to curb spending make tightwads even tighter, but have no effect on others.

September 10, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby said the advantage of being a smaller utility company and selling to regulated utilities is that they have 20 years of a fixed price. He was commenting in a Casper Star-Tribune story published in The Billings Gazette about Rocky Mountain Power hoping to build a wind farm in Wyoming.

August 29, 2017 - The massive flooding in Houston, Texas, will have an impact on gas prices, but is not likely to spread as far as Wyoming, UW economist Rob Godby told The Casper Star-Tribune. He said price hikes will hit mainly the Southeast.

August 18, 2017 - Bloomberg also interviewed Godby on the number of coal jobs lost to other energy positions saying, “if there was a War on Coal, it was really declared by natural gas.” Oil and Gas News picked up the story.

August 17, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby weighed in on West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s proposal that calls for the federal government to subsidize coal-fired power plants that buy from Appalachian mines, which would leave Wyoming’s producers facing more competition in a tight market. The story appeared in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

August 7, 2017 - UW Department of Economics and Finance economist Alexandre Skiba discussed with The Torrington Telegram what the effects of an increase in tariffs on some U.S. beef products by Japan will have on local producers.

August 3, 2017 - CBS News quoted UW energy economist Chuck Mason about the Keystone XL pipeline, which faces major hurdles because of the current price climate. Mason said, unless there is a massive improvement in technology for processing Canadian crude oil, the pipeline may not be built. The Sacramento Bee and The Minneapolis Star Tribune also published similar articles.

July 26, 2017 - The Weather Channel website published a story about Wyoming’s fledgling wind industry. UW economics Professor Rob Godby says developers may be leery of developing wind energy in the state because legislators want to push for higher taxes on the industry.

July 23, 2017 - Business Insider interviewed Godby about the different points of view of whether the wind energy sector in Wyoming should be taxed.

July 21, 2017 - Godby was quoted in a Vice News article about the U.S. selling millions of barrels of oil to China. The country is reducing its reliance on the world’s oil-exporting leaders, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

July 17, 2017 - The San Francisco Chronicle, Idaho Falls’ Post Register and were among media outlets that printed a Casper Star-Tribune story about wind energy development proposals in Wyoming and the need for workers to build, maintain and repair wind farms. UW economist Rob Godby said the market and wind companies will likely solve the worker shortage. A similar article was published by Malaysian Digest.

July 13, 2017 - The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that Godby told attendees at the recent Wind Operation and Maintenance Conference in Rawlins that most of the growth in renewable energy sources is occurring with wind because the economic incentives are becoming more appealing. Inside Energy also covered the Rawlins seminar. The Casper Star-Tribune reported on a second seminar in Casper. A third seminar was held in Gillette.

July 10, 2017 -The Jackson Hole News and Guide printed an Associated Press story in which UW economist Rob Godby commented on oil production and exploration in Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune also printed the story.

July 10, 2017 - NexusMedia interviewed Godby about wind energy opportunities in Wyoming. RenewEconomy and The Huffington Post also printed the article.

July 5, 2017 - UW economist Anne Alexander commented in a Bloomberg story on five states, including Wyoming, that have yet to recover from the latest recession. Alexander said the state’s tourism industry has bounced back, but the state’s energy sector has slumped since 2014. The Salt Lake Tribune also published the article.

June 30, 2017 - UW School of Energy Resources Executive Director Mark Northam and UW economist Rob Godby commented with Inside Energy about a proposed coal mine in Sheridan County that would not be for electricity but would be for coal-based products. Wyoming Public Radio also picked up the story.

June 27, 2017 - Oil and Gas Investor reported that UW economist Chuck Mason told attendees at the recent Energy Exposition in Loveland, Colo., that China’s economic slump and the steady, downward trend in the price of natural gas are factors leading to a decrease in demand for coal. E&P, an energy website, also printed the story.

June 27, 2017 - The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about Wyoming New Energy Corp.’s plan to build a plant that would make Wyoming coal burn hotter. Mining Connections published a similar article.

June 22, 2017 - Chuck Mason will present a keynote speech on recent developments in key energy markets at the 2017 Energy Exposition in Loveland, Colorado. For more information or to register for the Expo visit their webpage here

June 19, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby was a guest on WHRV’s “ HearSay with Cathy Lewis,” a public affairs radio call-in program. Godby and other guests discussed how the Paris climate agreement is affecting the coal industry.

June 12, 2017 - Godby told The Omaha World-Herald that the explosion of oil and natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing is what opened the door for natural gas to take over coal as the most common fuel for electric generation.

June 7, 2017 - Public Radio International interviewed UW economist Rob Godby for a story focused on the growing number of solar energy-related jobs being created nationwide, more than doubling those in the coal mining industry.

June 6, 2017 - UW oil and gas economist Chuck Mason was interviewed by Bloomberg for a story on the uptick of energy production in Campbell and Converse counties, which is attracting more nationally known companies to Wyoming because of cheaper drilling rights. World Oil also reprinted the article on its website.

June 3, 2017 - ABC News interviewed UW economist Rob Godby about President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Godby said the withdrawal from the agreement should not come as a surprise in light of Trump's previous promises of putting "America first." In an interview with National Public Radio, Godby said the withdrawal announcement probably does not mean much regarding energy production in the United States.

June 3, 2017 - UW economist Chuck Mason said the odds of oil and gas production increasing in Wyoming may pick up only if increased costs drive industry production from the more productive Permian Basin in Texas, according to a Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) article.

May 27, 2017 - UW economist Rob Godby, in a CS-T interview, said large, coal-fired power plants across the nation are slowly being shut down because they are too expensive to run. Godby also commented in another CS-T article about a new test center that will capture carbon dioxide from a coal-fired power plant and find new ways to use the gas.

May 21, 2017 - The New York Times interviewed Rob Godby about a company that plans to hire out-of-work Wyoming coal miners and train them as wind turbine technicians. The company plans to supply 850 turbines to a wind farm in Carbon County, creating nearly 200 new jobs.

May 20, 2017 - The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that UW economist Rob Godby said lower coal production in the state is “the new normal.” His comments were made during the Wyoming Business Report’s Energy Summit in Cheyenne last week.

May 20, 2017 - Wyoming oil and gas companies are patiently waiting to see how the Trump administration responds to easing regulations imposed by the Obama administration, according to The CS-T. UW economist Chuck Mason was interviewed for the story.

May 18, 2017 - In a lengthy ABC News feature about coal’s future in Gillette during the Trump administration, UW economist Rob Godby says some of the president’s changes or reversals of orders help coal, but others help natural gas. He said it’s unclear how that will balance out in the market, whether it will give the advantage to gas or coal.

May 8, 2017 - Rob Godby is quoted in a National Public Radio story examining the possibility of laid-off coal miners being employed in the solar energy industry.

May 8, 2017 - UW experts Jonathan Naughton and Rob Godby are quoted in a Casper Star-Tribune article examining the Western power grid.

April 16, 2017 - The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) interviewed, among others, UW economist Chuck Mason about a leaked draft of a new priority list from the Bureau of Land Management that lists energy development prominently among the agency’s initiatives.

March 29, 2017 - Jason Shogren was a guest speaker at the Spring Runoff Conference hosted by the University of Utah. The abstract can be found here. A video of the presentation can be found here.

March 27, 2017 - Even with President Trump in office, the West is moving away from coal, and UW economist Rob Godby said, in a Las Vegas Sun article, that the economics of power generation do not support replacing coal-fired generation.

March 24, 2017 - Rob Godby was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune on how Wyoming’s economy is still not rebounding because of low oil prices.

January 30, 2017 - Andrea Hastings-Arrollo, Senior Office Associate in the Dept of Economics, was named the Univeristy of Wyoming Staff Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2016. Read More

February 9, 2017 - CNBC interviewed UW economics Professor Rob Godby, who compared data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which estimates that coal production back east will fall the next two years. Godby said that bodes well for Wyoming producers, as the EIA projects coal output in the Rocky Mountain region will increase the next two years and could create 600 new jobs. Yahoo! Finance and MSN also reprinted the article. Read More

January 25, 2017 - Ed Barbier, the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics, was one of the researchers on a paper titled "Anthropogenic ecosystem disturbance and the recovery debt" published in the January edition of Nature Communications. Read More

January 22, 2017 - (Casper Star Tribune) - Rob Godby was interviewed by The Casper Star-Tribune (The CS-T) in an article about increased utility rates in Wyoming. Read More

January 20, 2017 - (CNBC) CNBC interviewed UW economist Rob Godby in an article about U.S. electric power plants emitting less carbon dioxide than the nation’s transportation sector for the first time since the late 1970s. Read More

January 17, 2017 - (The Washington Post) - The Washington Post reprinted an Associated Press story that interviewed several experts, including UW economics Professor Jay Shogren, who commented on the Endangered Species Act. With Republicans the majority in the House and Senate, changes in the act are expected, the interviewees said. The Minneapolis Star Tribune also carried the article.


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