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Wyoming Energy News

February 8, 2019

February 8

The School of Energy Resources features information about the energy industry on a weekly basis. Here is a recap of this week’s stories.

Baker Hughes Rig Counts

Baker Hughes reports the following rig counts actively exploring for oil and natural gas.
  • U.S. rig count is up four rigs from last week to 1049.
  • The U.S.. rig count is up 74 rigs from last year, with oil rigs up 63 and gas rigs up 11.
  • The Wyoming rig count is up to 34.
  • Colorado’s rig count remains at 35.
  • New Mexico is down 1 rig to 111.
  • North Dakota remains at 58 rigs from last week.
  • Texas is back down to 511 rigs.

Bloomberg Opening Prices

  • West Texas Intermediate (WTI) opened at $52.66 
  • Brent Crude opened at $62.11
  • Natural gas opened at $2.65

Energy Information Administration

  • This year’s annual energy outlook shows that generation and capacity of electricity is heavily influenced by natural gas prices, and that future electricity generation will depend largely on natural gas prices. Learn more here.
  • Did you know that most utility-scale solar power plants in the US are 5 megawatts or smaller? Learn more here.
  • Refined coals production reached record highs in 2017, and is expected to continue to increase despite the decline in US coal consumption. Learn more here.

Wyoming Public Media

  • Five teams from Gillette, Wyoming are competing to demonstrate technology devoted to converting carbon dioxide into a usable product. These groups meet with experts in the field to review their designs, and have the opportunity to meet with vendors and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Learn more about the finalists and their projects.

Casper Star Tribune

  • This year Anadarko Petroleum is expected to enter into the Wyoming Powder River Basin to explore the area for further development. This could be a major turning point for the Basin and Anadarko. Learn more here.
  • With Wyoming’s third-quarter coal production down from last year, Peabody Energy is reducing their coal production from the North Antelope Rochelle mining complex by 10 million tons. Peabody is taking the ‘value of volume’ approach to its coal production. Learn more here.

AP News

  • Bills proposed to increase wind taxes in Wyoming killed by the state legislature this week. Learn more here.

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