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Wyoming governor backs continued utility company inquiry

December 20, 2019 GMT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor announced plans to allocate additional funding for an investigation into the state’s largest utility.

Republican Gov. Mark Gordon supports a continued Wyoming Public Service Commission investigation into Rocky Mountain Power, The Casper Star-Tribune reports.

The amount of appropriated funding will be determined after Gordon reviews bidders. A request for proposals is likely to be issued by the end of the year, a spokesman said.

The commission launched its investigation following the November release of the company’s integrated resource plan outlining its energy strategy for the coming decades.

Some Wyoming lawmakers said the plan undermines the state’s coal industry.

The utility plan would retire two-thirds of its coal fleet by 2030 and transition away from coal-fired power plants to reduce costs to customers.

The large impact on the state requires a full understanding of how the company conducted its analysis and reached its conclusions, Gordon said in a statement.

The public service commission can accept an integrated resource plan after scrutiny during a public comment period. But the commission can also instigate an investigation and hold a contested case proceeding.

Rocky Mountain Power looks forward to responding to the commission’s inquiry, but the utility stands by the plan, spokesman Spencer Hall said.