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Wyoming wind energy on the rise, but distant No. 2 to coal

April 23, 2014 in News

Wyoming is among the greenest states in the nation, at least in terms of renewable power production. Wind energy accounted for 8 percent of the Cowboy State's electricity generation in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, making it the second-biggest source of power production in the state. Read Full Story... continue reading

New deal a green light for Pioneer Park wind farm near Glenrock

April 22, 2014 in News

Rocky Mountain Power announced an agreement last week to buy electricity generated by Pioneer Wind Park, a controversial 46-turbine development proposed near Glenrock. The deal moved the planned 80-megawatt facility one step closer to fruition after years of lawsuits and delays. It also signaled the end of contentious contract negotiations, which at one point saw the utility and project developer Wasatch Wind air their differences before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ... continue reading

Is Powder River Basin coal poised for a revival?

April 21, 2014 in News

Stuck in the doldrums for much of the past two years, the coal industry may now have some wind at its back. The recent reversal is owed to several factors, analysts said. An unusually cold winter in large swaths of the country sent natural gas storage plummeting. Read Full Story... continue reading

Easter Weekend!

April 18, 2014 in News

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Uranerz begins production at Nichols Ranch

April 17, 2014 in News

Uranium mining has begun at Nichols Ranch, the long-planned in situ facility spearheaded by Casper-based Uranerz Energy. The announcement is the latest in a series of developments signaling the revival of Wyoming's uranium industry. The Bureau of Land Management approved Cameco's proposal at a mine in central Wyoming. Read Full Stor... continue reading

Eighty-Eight Oil, Gov. Matt Mead mark opening of new oil-to-rail facility in Fort Laramie

April 16, 2014 in News

That sound you hear coming down the tracks is Wyoming's growing oil industry. Business leaders and Gov. Matt Mead celebrated the opening of Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's new transloading facility on Tuesday in Fort Laramie. The rail terminal is aimed at exporting new oil production from the Powder River Basin to buyers outside the state. It will also connect pipelines transporting Canadian crude to Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad's mainline near Eighty-Eight Oil's existing crude oil terminal in Guernsey.... continue reading

Strong oil sector buoys Wyoming economy in 2014

April 15, 2014 in News

Wyoming’s economy posted modest gains in the first three months of 2014, buoyed by an oil sector that continued to show signs of strength despite a late winter slowdown in drilling. The quarterly release of the state MACRO Report by the Department of Administration and Information showed state revenues are up over the previous year. The labor market remained strong, and housing prices continued to improve. ... continue reading

A slow start to energy employment in 2014, a new uranium mine and more

April 14, 2014 in News

Employment in the Wyoming energy sector is off to a slow start in 2014. That is the finding of a quarterly economic report released by the state last week. Jobs in the oil and gas and coal sectors were all down in the first months of 2014. Oil and gas shed 300 jobs between January and February, falling from 17,300 to 17,000, according to the Economic Analysis Division at the state Department of Administration and Information. ... continue reading

State board grants Casper data center $905,000

April 11, 2014 in News

The State Loan and Investment Board approved a $905,249 grant at its Thursday morning meeting to help a Casper data center expand. The money will be used to give Mountain West Technology Network a break on the costs of power and broadband over the next three years. In return, Mountain West will add nine jobs and spend $1.4 million upgrading its power and adding backup systems. ... continue reading

2 Wyoming companies expect merger will expand social services for the disabled

April 9, 2014 in News

Officials at two Casper-based social services organizations say a July 1 merger will increase the variety and availability of resources for people with disabilities and brain injuries. “We’ve known each other a long time, and we’ve come to the conclusion that our strengths could serve people better by us joining forces,” said Chris Boston, executive director of NOWCAP Services. ... continue reading
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