Wind energy is a rapidly growing industry in Wyoming, but is not new to the state. Wyoming’s first wind turbine generator was built in 1996. A steady increase in capacity occurred over the next 10 years. From 2007–2009, wind projects boomed. The construction of five wind projects over this time period more than doubled Wyoming’s wind power capacity. Learn more.
Dams and reservoirs were built in Wyoming to harness the state’s small and highly seasonal water resources for ranching, farming and water supply. They are also used to produce electricity using hydropower generators that are located around the state. Hydropower is a relatively small part of Wyoming’s energy mix, but is useful because its output can be controlled. Wyoming’s mountainous terrain contains many canyons and deep draws that are perfect for deep reservoirs. Learn more.