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Wyoming's Wind Energy Future


An Emerging Issue Forum

October 2-3, 2017
Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, Laramie, Wyoming


University of Wyoming
Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources
School of Energy Resources' Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy


Stroock Forum on Wyoming Lands and People
Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies
School of Energy Resources

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Join us for two days of thoughtful discussion of wind energy development in Wyoming. Wyoming Treasurer Mark Gordon will kick off the conference and President of Rocky Mountain Power, Cindy Crane, will give a keynote lunch presentation. Panel discussions and presentations will explore:

  • State, national, and global energy trends 
  • Wind energy technology and an evolving western energy grid 
  • Fiscal impacts of wind development to towns, counties, and Wyoming 
  • Perspectives from wind developers 
  • Community development and business opportunities 
  • Values, viewsheds, and western identity 
  • Wind-wildlife impacts and emerging mitigation 
  • Environmental trade-offs of wind energy, from local to global 
  • Existing regulatory structure and opportunities for public involvement in Wyoming’s wind future
  • Planning and siting for wind energy in Wyoming

Registration is free but be sure to reserve your spot. Continental breakfasts, lunches, and an evening reception included.


Resources and Information About Wind Energy


Economics and Job Creation

Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis–Version 10.0, Lazard, December 2016

An assessment of Wyoming's competitiveness to attract new wind development, and the potential impacts such development may bring to the state, report by the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy, University of Wyoming, September 2016

Economic Impact and Job Creation Study, National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, March 2013

Economic Development from New Transmission and Generation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, March 2011

The impact of wind development on local economies–preliminary wage findings, presentation by Drs. Rob Godby and Roger Coupal, University of Wyoming


Regulatory Structure and Permitting

Mapping the Wind Generation Permitting Process in Wyoming, Tetra Tech, July 2012


Resource Potential and Siting

Geographic Diversity Study Comparing Wyoming and California Wind, Wind Energy Research Center, University of Wyoming for the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, July 2015

CA-WY Wind Integration Study, National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, March 2014

Geographic Diversity Study Comparing Wyoming and Colorado Wind, Wind Energy Research Center, University of Wyoming for the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, April 2013

Wind Resource Assessment for WY, Wind Energy Research Center, University of Wyoming for the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority



Mapping the Transmission Process in Wyoming, Tetra Tech, May 2012

Transmission Report - WY Legislative Task Force on Wind Energy, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, October 2009


Recent News Media Stories

Nicole Korfanta, "Turbines on the Horizon," Western Confluence, Winter 2017

Reed Landberg, "Clean Energy Is Approaching a Tipping Point," Bloomberg News, September 19, 2017

Joshua Zaffos, "Can coal remain the bedrock of Wyoming's economy?High Country News, September 18, 2017

Madelyn Beck, "Rural Wyoming Warms to Wind," Inside Energy, September 15, 2017

Heather Richards, "Rocky Mountain Power wants to spend spend billions on wind energy in Wyoming, but there will hurdles," Casper Star Tribune, September 9, 2017

Erin Ailworth, "Wind Power Wins Converts in Rural U.S.," Fox Business, September 6, 2017

Dustin Bleizeffer, "Shift to wind energy could alter fortunes on Wyoming's map," Wyofile, September 5, 2017

Heather Richards, "California policies pose challenge for Wyoming wind farm," Casper Star Tribune, September 4, 2017

Barry Petersen, "Wyoming embraces wind energy, and the jobs that come with it," CBS News, August 4, 2017

Heather Richards, "Wyoming's wind is in demand, but does it have the workforce?Casper Star Tribune, July 15, 2017

Heather Richards, "Wind manufacturer offers job training in oil city, next stop coal country," Casper Star Tribune, July 12, 2017

Mead Gruber, "Utility proceeds with big wind investment in top coal state," Casper Star Tribune, June 29, 2017

Heather Richards, "Wyoming's fossil fuel workforce is ideal for the growing wind industry, wind CEO says," Casper Star Tribune, June 18, 2017

Justin Gillis and Nadja Popovich, "In Trump Country, Renewable Energy Is Thriving," The New York Times, June, 6, 2017

Diane Cardwell, "Wind Project in Wyoming Envisions Coal Miners as Trainees," The New York Times, May 21, 2017

Heather Richards, "Wyoming startup serving oil and gas sets sights on wind market," Casper Star Tribune, May 20, 2017

Heather Richards, "The mix of renewable and traditional power on the grid offers a coal state challenges, opportunities," Casper Star Tribune, May 6, 2017

Heather Richards, "Wind energy has pros and cons, but could benefit Wyoming, professor says," Casper Star Tribune, April 30, 2017

Heather Richards, "New wind puts Wyoming top of the list for renewables, but the reality is more complicated," Casper Star Tribune, April 24, 2017

Laura Hancock, "CAEDA to court wind turbine manufacturing industry," Casper Star Tribune, April 17, 2017

Sammy Roth, "In Wyoming wind, a conservative billionaire sees California's future," Desert Sun, February 1, 2017

Mark Jaffe, "Will a bigger energy grid make way for renewables?High Country News, August 3, 2016

Bryce Gray, "Wyoming considers raising an already unique wind tax," High Country News, June 3, 2016

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