The Department of Energy says that Wyoming is 14th in the nation based on the amount of wind it can turn into electricity. But the state did not add any new wind projects last year. The DOE’s Jose Zayas says there are several possible reasons.
“You do need to have access to large-scale transmission lines to move power out,” Zayas said. He added that Wyoming also does not consume as much electricity as other states.
New transmission lines appear to be forthcoming, though. The proposed Gateway West project, which is currently in a public comment period, would carry renewable energy from Wyoming to several other states.
To see the DOE’s full report, click here: http://energy.gov/wind-report