Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the approval of three major renewable energy projects on public lands. Jewell emphasized her commitment to President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and said one of her top priorities was to continue the work started by her predecessor, Ken Salazar, to expand the nation’s renewable energy portfolio.
Governor Matt Mead and his policy director, Shawn Reese, released an energy policy for Wyoming at a press conference today. The policy contains 47 initiatives broken down into categories including economic competitiveness and expansion, regulation, conservation, and education. Reese said there were a number of hallmark initiatives.
Researchers at the University of Wyoming are trying to figure out how wind turbines affect antelope and elk. They’ve collared dozens of animals near the town of Medicine Bow and are tracking their movements over the course of several years.
Jeff Beck, who teaches ecosystem science and management, is overseeing the study. He says pronghorn tend to stay away from certain man-made structures … but wind farms are a relatively new phenomenon.
The Powder River Basin Resource Council is pointing to a new report as evidence that the transition to renewable energy may not be as expensive as conventional wisdom expects. The study from the Civil Society Institute suggests that cleaner energy and more efficiency measures could save the country 83-billion-dollars over the next 40 years. The study compared a “business as usual” approach to a scenario in which all of the country’s coal plants and a quarter of its nuclear plants are retired by 2050.