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Phone: 307-766-2175

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Economics News


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 LegalNews.com 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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