Like Texas, Wyoming fuels the nation. In 2022, its extensive coal mines and oil fields produced nearly 12 times more energy than it consumed. It’s sitting on 1/3 of the coal reserves in the U.S. and its rich in uranium and industrial minerals. But it’s also the least energy efficient state in the nation and its industrial processes are doing nothing good for the natural environment. The state is actively invested in the possibilities of wind power—it accounted for almost a quarter of Wyoming’s total electricity net generation in 2022—and it built its first utility solar project in 2019 (Sweetwater). But there’s a long way to go.
If you’re passionate about Wyoming’s potential, check out the energy degrees & certificates in our WY listings. UW’s School of Energy Resources (SER) is the unquestioned leader within the state, so take a few minutes to explore what’s happening in its Research Centers of Excellence (COE). Faculty & students are involved in everything from hydrogen and biogenic gas to carbon capture and nuclear energy research. SER Scholarships are also available for energy resource management & development undergraduates.