Wyoming’s Uranium Resources
Uranium is a highly valued natural resource that is used for nuclear power and electrical generation. Wyoming has the largest known uranium ore reserves in the United States. In the 1980s, the state’s uranium mining industry was hit hard due to a drop in price, but today Wyoming is poised to make a comeback with 26 mining operations in the planning or permitting phase.
Wyoming’s Coal Resources
Wyoming is the largest producer of coal in the United States. Coal resources are abundant in many of Wyoming’s geologic basins, particularly in the Powder River Basin (PRB) with its 13 surface mines and up to 100 feet thick coal seams.
Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Resources
Wyoming is rich in oil and gas resources. The state currently ranks third in the nation in the production of natural gas and eighth in crude oil production. Wyoming hosts some of the largest oil and gas fields in the nation, including Jonah, Pinedale, Madden, and coalbed natural gas in the Powder River Basin (PRB).
Tongue River Water Quality Study
Geologists at the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) and the University of Wyoming (UW) conducted a one-year water quality investigation to determine if an increase in salinity recorded from water samples collected near the Wyoming/Montana border was the result of coalbed natural gas (CBNG) production in the area.
Wyoming’s Electrical Generation Resources
Few states in the nation possess the portfolio Wyoming has for both energy resources and electric power generation. This website is intended to serve as an information portal on Wyoming's Electrical Generation. It includes regular updates on energy resources used in the state for generating electricity, as well as the megawatts (MW) produced by each fuel source.