Two current coal protectionist measures that defy free market capitalism could be the most inane pair of bills ever concocted by Wyoming legislators.
State would benefit by embracing economic progress as PacifiCorp unveils proposal to increase renewables, lower rates and reduce emissions.
Utility would retire one Jim Bridger Plant unit early in 2023, another in 2028 and two Naughton Plant units in 2025.
Utility giant PacifiCorp plans to shift from coal-fired power to wind energy in south-central Wyoming, continuing its outsized role in local economies.
New study examines threats to Wyoming’s coal-dependent economy. Mining coal here supports 11 percent of the state’s educational and government costs, and accounts for 14 percent of its economy.