The Wyoming Public Service Commission hears the fears and resentments of energy transition casualties in Kemmerer and Rock Springs.
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A legislative committee voted to sponsor bill that allows new buyers of coal plants to plug into the utility grid. It was one of several utility-related bills considered Nov. 19.
With few options to slow coal’s decline, lawmakers turn to a lever that in better days may have been anathema to free-market Republicans: the regulators.
Looming coal plant closures, energy industry layoffs and an exodus of young people has several Wyoming communities scratching their heads about how to forge economic transitions.
The future is uncertain for the more than 800 workers who run the Jim Bridger power plant and associated mines in southwest Wyoming. Are they the canaries of their industry?