This spring, rivers were overflowing banks all over the state. Some rivers saw record—or near-record—flood stages. The Laramie River hit its second highest flood level on record, and that’s only four years after its highest on record in 2010. But floods aren’t all sandbagging and property damage: they also mean plenty of water for the long dry summer ahead.
The National Climate Assessment says Wyoming’s energy sector could find itself squeezed for water in the future. Both energy production and generation consume large amounts of water, but changes in precipitation patterns mean there will be less of it to go around. The report points out that across the nation, water shortages already threaten power generation for more than a million homes. That's expected to increase.
Rocky Mountain Power’s Jeff Hymas says climate change is definitely something the utility takes into account when planning for the future.