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Thursday, January 04, 2018

It's a sunny day in early November in southern Wyoming, but the wind is blowing so hard that opening a car door is a chore. Signs on the interstate warn of gusts topping 70 miles per hour, and semi trucks have pulled over all along I-80. ... The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project is slated to become the largest wind farm in the United States once it's up and running. And it's causing some in Wyoming -- a state whose economy has been devastated by the decline of its bedrock fossil fuel industries -- to rethink their attitude toward renewable energy. The 3,000-megawatt project near Rawlins is emblematic of a growing industry that is hitting its stride, and is fueled less by ideology than by economics.

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If 6,000 new megawatts of wind is added to Wyoming, it could mean upwards of $2 billion in new tax revenue over 10 years for the state, more than $10 billion in new investment, and about 50,000 new job-years of employment, says Robert Godby, an economist at the University of Wyoming who helped author a study on the potential impact of wind energy in the state.

"It doesn't fill the gap that has been left by coal, but it's not zero, it's a significant amount," says Professor Godby. "In places like Medicine Bow or Rawlins, it could make all the difference in the world."

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Wyoming investing in wind?

Well why not?

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-04 05:46 PM | Reply

Duh green energy is here and growing. Deal with it.

#2 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-04 06:14 PM | Reply

Deal with it.

Sounds like they are, which is the point of the article.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-04 06:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Isn't Wyoming known for wind?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-04 06:35 PM | Reply

Laura's point may be that it's time for coal loving, anti green energy, Trumplicans to deal with it.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-04 06:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project is bankrolled by Philip Anschutz, a Denver billionaire who made much of his fortune in the fossil fuel industry, is a major Republican donor, and is hardly a poster child for renewable-energy idealism.

"Another one of those goddam douchebags"

-Pinch

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-04 06:48 PM | Reply

Laura's point may be that it's time for coal loving, anti green energy, Trumplicans to deal with it.

Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-04 06:36 PM | Reply

Laura's point is certain people criticize wind and solar simply because they deem it a liberal progressive energy choice and will condemn it regardless. Wind and Solar and growing by leaps and bounds. People need to deal with it.

#7 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-04 07:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

they are investing in wind because there is Gov money involved. Wind can't survive on it's own without subsidies

#8 | Posted by Maverick at 2018-01-04 08:01 PM | Reply

Wind can't survive on it's own without subsidies

Posted by Maverick at 2018-01-04 08:01 PM | Reply

Neither can oil and natural gas apparently.

#9 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-04 08:03 PM | Reply

I work and provide services to the wind industry, they are only there because of subsidies. they could all go away tomorrow and nothing would really change.........you can't say that about oil and gas

#10 | Posted by Maverick at 2018-01-04 08:08 PM | Reply

Wyoming taxes mining (historically coal) to fund their education system; K through university. This now includes shale oil and natural gas.

Energy, crops, and cows are about all Wyoming has. Hopefully they have an air craft carrier! Anyway, they are doing well.

Borned n raised in Montana, where we want to 'promote growth in the mining industry', I am jealous of their education infrastructure, or rather their foresight.

#11 | Posted by horstngraben at 2018-01-04 09:21 PM | Reply

great, we should all get checks.

#12 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-05 12:57 AM | Reply

"Wind can't survive on it's own without subsidies
Posted by Maverick at 2018-01-04 08:01 PM | Reply"

Your 90's era talking point can't stand up to the truth today. Realize in Germany, on some days they pay Germans to accept free electricity because their alternative energy sources produce too much electricity. America is fooled by the Kochs and the rest of the fossil fuel industry to think we need more oil, or coal or even natural gas. Baloney, we can replace almost all of the fossil fuel industry within a decade and the fossil fuel billionaires know it. Germany is proving it.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-05 10:14 AM | Reply

Texas has oil and natural gas, yet they produce the most wind generated power of any state.

Texas was again the top wind power state with nearly 36 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity. Iowa was second, with more than 15 million MWh, followed by California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, North Dakota, and Wyoming.Apr 15, 2014
Twelve states produced 80% of U.S. wind power in 2013 - Today in ...
www.eia.gov

There is a need for both renewable and traditional power production.

#14 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-01-05 02:01 PM | Reply

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