A new measure submitted to the Wyoming legislature this week would forbid utilities from providing any electricity to the state that comes from large-scale wind or solar energy projects by 2019. It’s an unprecedented attack on clean energy in Wyoming, and possibly the nation. And it comes at a time when such resources are becoming cheaper and increasingly in demand as the world seeks to transition to clean energy to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
The bill’s nine sponsors, two state senators and seven representatives, largely come from Wyoming’s top coal-producing counties and include some deniers of man-made climate change. They filed the bill on Tuesday, the first day of the state’s 2017 legislative session. Activists and energy experts are alarmed by the measure, which would levy steep fines on utilities that continue providing (or provide new) “non-eligible” clean energy for the state’s electricity. But they are skeptical it will get enough support to become law.
“I haven’t seen anything like this before,” Shannon Anderson, director of the local organizing group Powder River Basin Resource Council, told InsideClimate News. “This is essentially a reverse renewable energy standard.”
Wow…. I thought Wyoming was better than this. I guess not. Pretty shocking, actually, but shows the desperation of the coal and fossil fuel barrons. Let’s hope it does not become law.