Articles written by Dustin Bleizeffer

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Historic electric rate hike whittled to 5.5% after utility admits error

Rocky Mountain Power’s Wyoming customers will see an overall rate hike of 5.5% in January rather than the historic 29.2% increase the company initially proposed In a last-minute deal, the day before facing the Wyoming Public Service Commission,... Full story

 

'Wyoming is watching' as historic electric rate hike hearing begins this week

Critics will scrutinize Rocky Mountain Power's proposed 21.6%, $140.2M rate hike as panel faces pressure to reduce request. A 21.6% electric rate hike request panned by customers and politicians as... Full story

 

A roadside breakdown in the Shirley Basin changed his perspective on life

Douglas Balmain tramps about the Shirley Basin as a 'student,' drawing inspiration for what it might teach him about leading a lifestyle with purpose. SHIRLEY BASIN-Douglas Balmain weaved through... Full story

 

Towns face chicken-and-egg dilemma with nuclear project needs

The pathway to federal funds is uncertain for Kemmerer and Diamondville despite major infrastructure needs to host a nuclear power plant project. KEMMERER-When a 16-inch diameter ductile-iron municipa... Full story

 

Winter ozone spikes near Pinedale prompt health advisories

Elevated concentrations of ozone — a human health hazard — have returned to the Upper Green River Basin south of Pinedale after years of coordinated efforts to plug leaks and reduce emissions from oil and gas production facilities there, accordin... Full story

 

Governor's task force: No easy fix for pain at the pump

There are no quick or easy ways to protect Wyoming customers from price spikes at the fuel pump, according to a new state report. Trends in regional oil-refining capacity and fuel storage are moving in the wrong direction. A state fuel tax holiday... Full story

 

Low snowpack, high tempts portend early runoff, low summer flows

Snowpack measured 79% of the state’s average median at the beginning of March, while much of the state recorded warmer-than-usual winter temperatures despite a few record one-day lows. Forecasts for continued warmer temps point toward a possible ea... Full story

 

Oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery in Wyoming

Wyoming’s oil and gas industry continues to show signs of recovery from the 2020 pandemic shockwave that drove the price of oil below $0 per barrel, spurred layoffs and stalled production. At least 18 rotary rigs were active in the state during... Full story

 

Gov, EPA outline plans to boost carbon capture, delay plant closures

Wyoming is collaborating with the Trump administration to develop strategies to extend the lives of the nation’s aging coal-fired power plants — the primary customers of the state’s coal mining industry. The suite of initiatives announced... Full story

 

Transition in coal country: Forging paths forward

NEW RIVER GORGE, WEST VIRGINIA—The blue rubber rafts shriek as they slide down steep metal rails, each guided by a crew that will soon be floating down a 9-mile stretch of river, replete with Class III, IV and V rapids and the ghosts of now-shutter... Full story

 

Utility rate hikes expected in face of pandemic, energy downturn

As COVID-19-related costs mount for utilities, regulators are considering just how ratepayers will ultimately settle the bill. State orders in response to the pandemic currently authorize electricity and natural-gas suppliers to waive fees and suspen... Full story

 
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