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SER in the News

State, national and international media frequently feature the University of Wyoming and members of its community in stories. Here is a summary of some of the recent articles where the School of Energy Resources or its scholars are making the news.

 


October

Wyoming News Now published UW’s release noting that Associate Professor Haibo Zhai and doctoral student Zitao Wu are researching potential water impacts of bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration. Bioenergy Insight and Industry & Energy published related articles.

September

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported that Davin Bagdonas, an associate research scientist in UW’s School of Energy Resources (SER), was among speakers for the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado 2021 Economic Development Summit. He discussed SER’s two U.S. Department of Energy grants that are exploring nonfuel uses for coal to aid regional economies.

H2 View, a leading global hydrogen publication, reported that representatives of SER and The Williams Cos. recently met to discuss new energy ventures for Wyoming, specifically in hydrogen and carbon capture, as part of a new collaboration to help the state’s energy sector. Oil City News published UW’s announcement.

UW’s School of Energy Resources is hosting a “Pathways to Net-Zero” workshop in Sheridan today (Tuesday). The Sheridan Press reported that community leaders will lead the discussion on exploring goals, needs and concerns in achieving a net-zero energy mix.

August

A proposed nuclear reactor in Wyoming was the focus of a recent WyoFile article. The story noted that UW does not have a nuclear energy program, but the university’s School of Energy Resources could facilitate the training necessary to develop workforces for constructing and operating the facility.

UW Professor Tim Considine’s study that estimated the economic loss from President Joe Biden’s pause on oil and gas permits was cited in a WyoFile story. The article noted the number of rotary rigs drilling in Wyoming has tripled since the president’s leasing pause.

UW’s School of Energy Resources will offer a new minor in energy resource management this fall, according to a university media release published by Wyoming News Now. The new minor will allow more undergraduate students to gain access to specialized energy instruction to supplement and enhance their education.

A UW economics study on President Joe Biden’s moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands was cited in a Salt Lake Tribune article, titled “Utah’s oil and gas industry is as busy now as it was during Trump’s ‘energy dominance’ era.”

UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute has published a StoryMap that highlights the state’s leadership in carbon capture, utilization and storage in order to meet midcentury net-negative carbon dioxide emissions goals. The Rocket Miner published UW’s announcement.

UW chemistry Professor Bruce Parkinson discussed with The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T) Wyoming’s burgeoning wind energy sector and how solar energy can complement wind in producing power.

The Gillette News Record announced that the public will have a chance Tuesday to learn more about the Wyoming CarbonSAFE project at Dry Fork Station in Campbell County. UW’s School of Energy Resources, along with Basin Electric Power Cooperative, will host the public outreach program.

July

Three proposed hydrogen pilot projects have been chosen as finalists for grant funding by the Wyoming Energy Authority. The CS-T noted that a Tulsa, Okla.-based company is set to receive the bulk of the grant money -- nearly $1 million -- for a hydrogen feasibility study in partnership with UW. The study could inform development of a hydrogen and synthetic natural gas hub in Wyoming later this decade.

UW’s partnership in the Wyoming Innovation Center, which recently broke ground on its carbon research incubator in Campbell County, was mentioned in an article republished by The Sheridan Press, titled “Effort on at all levels to transform Powder River Basin into nation’s Carbon Valley.”

The UW School of Energy Resources’ Center for Economic Geology Research will host a public outreach meeting at the Integrated Test Center at Dry Fork Station in Gillette next month. Laramie Live published UW’s release about the Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project.

June

Mother Jones magazine published a HuffPost article in which UW economics Professor Tim Considine’s study that claimed a drilling ban would result in massive job losses in states such as Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico was mentioned. The article, titled “Biden’s Climate Plans Are Colliding With Trump’s Judiciary,” focused on a federal judge’s ruling against President Joe Biden’s administration’s pause on new oil and gas leases.

KX News, in Bismarck, N.D., noted that UW’s School of Energy Resources is assisting to commercialize and deploy a carbon capture and storage project in Campbell County. The television station produced a segment, titled “How Wyoming’s success in carbon capture matters to North Dakota.”

The Gillette News Record noted that the new Wyoming Innovation Center for companies in Gillette will test technologies on a large scale. UW’s School of Energy Resources (SER) will be a tenant, testing technologies to make products such as construction materials out of coal, as well as extracting rare-earth elements from coal fly ash and coal seams. The Construction Index published a similar article, and SER Executive Director Holly Krutka spoke with Wyoming Public Radio about the new facility.

Scott Quillinan, the director of UW’s Center for Economic Geology Research, was interviewed for an article, republished by Slate, titled “Toxic Coal Waste Could Be the Key to Our Clean Energy Future. Seriously.”

Wyoming’s coal industry was dealt another blow when G7 countries, in an effort to stem the effects of climate change, agreed to stop government-sponsored funding for coal power projects that emit carbon by the end of 2021. The County 17 article mentioned that UW is studying the feasibility of carbon capture and storage through the CarbonSAFE project at the Dry Fork Station power plant in Gillette.

May

Wyoming Public Radio interviewed Jonathan Naughton, director of the Wind Energy Research Center at UW, for a segment on how Wyoming communities are handling conflicts over wind development.

WyoFile included UW’s School of Energy Resources as receiving federal grants that will aid Wyoming with carbon capture research.

Sheridan Media published UW’s release announcing that School of Energy Resources Professor Tara Righetti received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research related to changes caused by shifts away from fossil fuels. She will conduct the research in France. The Boomerang published a similar article.

UW will receive nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for research focused on expanding and transforming the use of coal to produce coal-based products using carbon ore, rare earth elements and critical minerals. Oil City News and County 10 published UW’s release. Green Car CongressWorld Coal and Electric Energy Online published similar articles.

Natural Gas Intelligence cited a study from UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute that shows abandoned and unplugged oil and gas wells in Wyoming may be responsible for no more than 1 percent of reported methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas operations.

The CS-T reported that UW is researching how to make storing millions of tons of carbon dioxide per year underground both commercially and environmentally feasible. The UW School of Energy Resources has developed a program that will use Class VI injection wells in an upcoming phase.

Eli Bebout and Mike Greear, both with legislative experience, were named to the Enhanced Oil Recovery Commission. County 10 and Laramie Live published UW’s announcement.

April

Proactive noted that UW’s School of Energy Resources is using Clean Coal Technologies’ latest technological advances in a facility in Campbell County. The company is developing the world’s first commercially viable and scalable coal dehydration technology that creates stable, dust-free coal.

Scott Quillinan, director of research and communications at the UW School of Energy Resources, was interviewed for a Wyoming PBS segment to discuss the university’s rare earth element research program. The program was created to stimulate research and development in rare earth element production and processing, and for the potential economic benefits to Wyoming.

Sheridan Media noted that UW’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute has completed a study of methane emissions from abandoned wells.

Mining.com reported that UW researchers are developing safe and secure geologic carbon dioxide storage in Campbell County. The process should eventually lead to the commercialization of large-scale subsurface storage near the Dry Fork Station.

March

A study, titled “Social License for Wyoming’s Energy Future: What Do Residents Want?,” by Jessica Western, a research scientist at UW’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, was the focus of a Laramie Boomerang article.

In his “State of the State” address, Gov. Mark Gordon touted the Wyoming Innovation Network (WIN), a collaboration between the state’s community colleges and UW, according to Oil City News. While in its early stages, WIN will help strengthen the state’s workforce and promote economic growth. The Casper Star-Tribune (CS-T), The Gillette News Record, SweetwaterNOW and WyoToday.com also published related reports pertaining to UW in the governor’s annual address.

Cowboy State Daily, Laramie Live and Sheridan Media were among media outlets publishing UW’s release citing the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute’s report indicating that Wyoming could lose $12.9 billion in tax revenue if the energy moratorium implemented by President Joe Biden is not lifted in a timely manner.

February

USA Today interviewed Jonathan Naughton, director of UW’s Wind Energy Research Center, for an article on critics who blamed the renewable energy industry for blackouts caused by last week’s cold snap in Texas. Iced-over wind turbines in Texas are to be expected because they are not built to withstand freezing temperatures in that state, according to experts, including Naughton.

Sheridan Media and KGAB Radio published UW’s release noting the Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair will continue under the leadership of the university’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute.

President Joe Biden’s orders to halt federal oil and natural gas leases and permitting has energy-producing states and industries, such as Wyoming, scrambling to respond. That was the topic of a UW School of Energy Resources panel discussion last week, according to The Gillette News Record. The Casper Star-Tribune published a similar article.

A UW study, which forecast that a federal leasing moratorium could cost Wyoming governments $300 million a year, was cited in a National Public Radio piece focusing on Biden’s nationwide 60-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits. UW economist Rob Godby was quoted in Inside Sources on a related article.

A recent UW study shows how President Joe Biden’s 60-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits will affect Wyoming’s economy. According to a Wyoming Tribune Eagle article, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said the ban also would defund Wyoming’s public schools that rely on those tax dollars. National Public RadioBloomberg LawThe CS-TDenver Business Journal and Energy in Depth published related articles citing the UW study.

January

The CS-T reported that UW faculty members Tara Righetti and Kris Koski recently published a comparative study on carbon dioxide use and storage technologies across the country. They collaborated with West Virginia University researchers and the United States Energy Association to prepare the study for the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Sheridan County Commission granted UW’s School of Energy Resources an application for a carbon ore, rare earth element and critical minerals project in the Powder River Basin, reported Sheridan Media.


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