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WyomingWyoming has substantial fossil fuel resources – it produces the most coal in the nation, and it is also a leader in natural gas and crude oil production.1
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, August 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1xHWy1d
Even so, the state has the 8th highest potential for wind energy,2
Source:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, July 2012
http://1.usa.gov/1zaqYYE
and its wind industry has shown signs of growth.

The largest proposed wind farm in North America (3 GW) is nearing construction, and the project is economically viable regardless of the status of the federal production tax credit.3
Source:
’Casper Star Tribune, August 2014
http://bit.ly/1D9bw2n
And a recently revealed plan for an $8 billion wind project that would generate wind power in Wyoming, store it in Utah, and deliver it to California has been called the “Hoover Dam” of wind energy.4
Source:
Casper Star Tribune, September 2014
http://bit.ly/1GyGTTv


However, the state is the only one in the nation that has an exclusive tax on wind power generation, and this policy has stifled investment in the state.5
Source:
Casper Star Tribune, March 2013
http://bit.ly/1FwvZxX
As long as the wind tax remains, Wyoming’s ability to take advantage of its wind potential is in doubt.

Learn more about energy in Wyoming with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.


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