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As West Coast shuns coal, states like Wyoming will face difficult choices

May 22, 2018View for printing

If Oregon, Washington and California ditch coal, it may leave Wyoming's largest utility, and its customers, holding a bag they don't want to carry, officials told lawmakers Monday.

Wyoming is the largest coal producing state in the country, but it is also both a user and exporter of coal power. Early retirements of coal plants have put pressure on Wyoming's mines in recent years, but with many utilities and electricity cooperatives still receiving the biggest chunk of their power from coal, early retirements were a distant risk to coal mining.

Heather Richards 307-266-0592, Heather.Richards@trib.com

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