Madelyn Beck

Reporter, Inside Energy

Phone: 307-766-2928

Madelyn is from small-town Montana, earning her journalism degree from the University of Montana in Missoula. She worked as a news anchor for Montana Public Radio, reported on the Montana Legislature for the Montana Broadcaster's Association, and reported on cops and crime for KRBD Rainbird Radio in Ketchikan, Alaska. She also has print experience, reporting for the Tioga Tribune in North Dakota, E&E Publishing in Washington, D.C., and the Idaho Mountain Express in Ketchum, Idaho. She enjoys getting outside as much as possible, though is easily distracted by a good book.  

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The High Plains wind farm, near McFadden, Wyoming.
Leigh Paterson

One of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers is hosting meetings in Wyoming next month to encourage people to join its free wind turbine technician training.

Goldwind is a Chinese company with an interest in expanding U.S. wind operations. It made an agreement late last year to provide and maintain wind turbines for a Viridis Eolia Corp., which is constructing a wind farm near Medicine Bow, Wyo. 

Now, Goldwind hopes to train locals to become wind turbine technicians.

Madelyn Beck/Inside Energy


The Gillette Workforce Center had a front row seat for the town’s coal woes.

The office has cream-colored walls, decorated with motivational posters and pictures of coal mines. Vermona Petersen is the manager of the center, which helps people find a new job.

“At the height of the layoffs last year, we were seeing between 250 and 300 people a day,” she said. 

Wyoming coal mines laid off more than 450 workers last March amid financial troubles exacerbated by low natural gas prices and debt.