A new organization pushing for more renewable power in Wyoming

A new organization pushing for more renewable power in Wyoming

A new group in Wyoming is regularly meeting the Legislature’s interim committee to push for more renewable energy. This group known as Powering Up Wyoming says it is a grassroots organization trying to promote renewables for an uncertain economic future. The group is lobbying for wind and solar energy and storage technology. Last week, it announced the selection of an inaugural advisory board of directors. The stakeholders appointed come from various sectors, such as real estate, tourism, ranching, and energy. 

The board members include Phil Christopherson, Richard C. Grant Jnr., JoAnn Skeim-True, Jonathan Naughton, Mark Eisele, Gunnar Malm, and Amanda Disney. Gunnar Malm comes from Laramie County and works in real estate. Gunnar said that wind expansion would greatly help rural communities. Gunnar also said in Laramie County, they have seen wind production supporting local coffers via current taxes. He added that these finances are essential as they can help the County to offer essential services such as road maintenance, local library, and law enforcement. The renewable energy projects also help an area have a sustainable economic development since it entices new businesses and industry, which never existed before. 

Richard Grant is a ranch owner known as Grant Ranch, and he feels that wind development will be of great help to businesses and landowners. Grant said that Wyoming is rich in private properties. Whether you own a ranch, land, or lot, all these are private properties.  He added that wind development would support the local economy, state, business, and family. All over Wyoming, the organization ought to have over 5000 supporters. 

Powering Up Wyoming’s executive director, Chris Brown, said that renewable power development would play a vital role in maintaining Wyoming’s status as an energy leader. He added that Powering Up Wyoming’s board of directors represents diverse industries and backgrounds. They will help Wyoming residents understand what the solar, wind, and storage has offered to the community and will continue providing even in the future. 

Over the years, Wyoming residents get their energy from gas, oil, and coal. The state agencies and Legislature have been undecided on whether to provide a fully renewable power’s endorsement. Some public members have not joined the initiative yet, as it was well observed during the Rail Tie wind power project in Albany County. Phil Christopherson, the new board member, said a great need for the public and state leaders to look at things from different angles and consider all options. He added that this would enable Wyoming to meet its energy needs and the world as well. 

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