Colorado renewable energy mandate could be good for Wyoming wind

Laramie, Wyo. – The state of Colorado is expanding its renewable energy program. Previously, the state mandated that utilities get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources, and now the state is expanding that to 30 percent.

The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority's Steve Ellenbecker says this is good news for Wyoming's wind industry. "We think the opportunity is ripe for Wyoming to be part of the solution," he said. "That's not to oppose Colorado's interest in developing its own renewable resources, but Wyoming's resources can compliment that."

Ellenbecker says he is actually convinced that Wyoming wind power is a better option for Colorado utilities than wind from that state. The requirement for Colorado utilities does not go into effect until 2020. But Ellenbecker says it would take that long to develop the wind farms and transmission lines from Wyoming.