Wyoming Energy Strategy
Wyoming is an energy state. Energy touches all aspects of our lives—and that is the case whether we think about it or not. Just take a look at the last six months. Low prices for natural gas and declining demand for coal will affect revenue from state severance taxes and royalties. High gasoline prices took a toll on families and businesses alike. Pavillion, Wyoming, became a focal point for a national discussion on hydraulic fracturing. The status of sage-grouse as a threatened species has continued to be an important topic. Energy is interconnected with our lives, livelihoods, and the environment.
Wyoming needs an energy plan that balances development with the environment—that incorporates open space and clear skies with jobs and economic progress. The landscape is complex and constantly changing. For example, carbon dioxide (CO2) storage was once the priority, but now we are turning our attention to enhanced recovery using CO2. This past legislative session brought to the fore an important discussion about Wyoming’s management of greenhouse gases—a discussion that would not have happened a few years earlier. Time and again, Wyoming has taken on energy and conservation related issues and found the ways to accomplish both economic and environmental goals.
From hydraulic fracturing to sage-grouse, Wyoming develops solutions that work for people, the environment and the future. We need a policy framework that incorporates this multifaceted approach to the diverse challenges ahead.
I invite you to participate in developing a Wyoming energy strategy. Please comment using the form below and check back often for more updates.
Thank you again for your willingness to join in discussing Wyoming’s energy and conservation future.
Matthew H. Mead
Update for November 28, 2012:
Greetings from Governor Matt Mead’s office,
We’ve been listening. We are fortunate to live in this wonderful state. With this distinction there is an important responsibility to maintain what we have and make the state better. The process of developing an energy strategy is part of this responsibility. We have had the opportunity to visit with many of you and, based on those discussions, we have developed a long list of possible initiatives for the upcoming year. Please see the master index listing all 73 draft initiatives for each of the four themes we’ve identified:
-Economic Competitiveness, Expansion and Diversification;
-Efficient, Effective Regulation;
-Natural Resource Conservation, Reclamation, and Mitigation; and
-Education, Innovation and New Technologies.
2013’s “To-Do” list. We are now looking for feedback to help us prioritize, refine, narrow, and spot lost opportunities. The initiatives are things that will be done over the next year. New ones will be added over time. They can be building blocks which will lead to more involved initiatives for successive rounds of the strategy. We will also be seeking input from agency directors about how these initiatives fit into their existing budgets and plans. These initiative drafts are preliminary in nature. When we settle in on the first round of initiatives, a plan will be developed for each. Since there is overlap between initiatives, a particular initiative may address multiple objectives.
Feedback. After reviewing the draft initiatives please click on the links below to provide input. Each of these links is a survey that will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your anonymous feedback will help us shape the discussion of our meetings. We will continue to accept survey responses through December 14.
Webinars. We welcome you to join us to discuss these proposed initiatives over the web or in person at the Herschler Building, Room B63, 122 West 25th Street, in Cheyenne, starting on December 6th in the afternoon and running through the afternoon of December 7th. These meetings will be broadcast live via the internet in a format called a Google Event. Each session is a unique Google Event with a live video feed, conference call, and questions can be sent to email@example.com before and during the event. We will discuss draft initiative summaries for each theme and identify priorities, merits and gaps.
Introduction to the Wyoming Energy Strategy, December 6th, 1:00 – 2:30: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cr5aj315qd7nhsidcd4rec4kvjk
Economic Competitiveness Expansion and Diversification, December 6th, 3:00 – 5:00: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cqa4b7sevljq7db14hd4qunbg9k
Efficient, Effective Regulation, December 7th, 8:00 – 10:00: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ci85jg5jbksaghvs4bm6sc3eal4
Natural Resource Conservation, Reclamation and Mitigation, December 7th, 10:30 – 12:30: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c7t40sk41ud4spvcaufjua95a6c
Education, Innovation and New Technologies, December 7th, 2:00 - 4:00: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/crc7rcn1nd5aorvuquf93imrb1g
Also, feel free to contact us. And thank you again for your interest and input.
Shawn Reese, 777-8218, firstname.lastname@example.org – Governor’s Policy Director
Nephi Cole, 777- 3691, email@example.com – Governor’s Policy Advisor