wyoming public service commission

Stephanie Joyce

If there were ever uncertainty about how Wyoming policymakers would feel about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants, now we can say for sure:  they hate it. The comment period for the so-called Clean Power Plan ended Monday. Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard spoke with energy reporter Stephanie Joyce about what the state had to say and where things go from here.

CAROLINE BALLARD: Stephanie, to start, refresh our memories about what exactly the Clean Power Plan is. 

In the week since the Obama administration unveiled new rules to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants, Wyoming regulators have been digging in, trying to figure out exactly what they’ll mean for the Cowboy State. So far, they have more questions than answers.

The Wyoming Public Service Commission will be considering another rate hike for Rocky Mountain Power. 

The Utility says it would like to raise rates by a total of 50 million dollars to pay for such things as power plant maintenance, rising electricity costs, growth, pollution control and transmission. It is the sixth year in the row that the company is asking for such a hike.