U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Gov. Dave Freudenthal, D-Wyo., concluded a two-day tour of several major energy production regions in the state, including a wind farm.
Wyoming is currently the nation's largest net exporter of energy. The state also has some of the best wind energy potential in North America, with highly rated wind production areas stretching from the western border with Utah to the state's eastern plains.
Jackson toured a wind farm near Cheyenne, a coal mine near Gillette and a natural-gas field near Pinedale. She said the site visits illustrated the importance of domestic energy production and its role in not only decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, but also in driving America's economic recovery.
‘As a home of wind, coal and natural gas, Wyoming is at the heart of America's energy future,’ says Jackson. ‘Gov. Freudenthal and his staff were gracious in inviting me here, and I enjoyed our healthy dialogue about the opportunities possible in energy production that do not forsake our environmental responsibilities.’
Jackson visited a wind farm that has 14 2.1 MW wind turbines, contributing a total of about 30 MW to the local Cheyenne Light Fuel & Power electric grid.
SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency