UW-backed study suggests measures to increase state’s market share

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

If state government and private industry invested fully in carbon technology, Wyoming could use coal to support an average of 2,600 jobs over the next 17 years, according to a report from the American Jobs Project.

The nonprofit began work on the report in February, soliciting the help of the UW College of Business and UW energy economics professor Robert Godby.

Kate Ringness, co-president of the American Jobs Project, said her organization focused in on Wyoming’s carbon tech potential after noticing the significant levels of research and development already being backed in the state — like the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette and Ramaco’s carbon project in Sheridan.

“We are ahead of the curve here with carbon tech,” she said.

The estimate of 2,600 jobs was a based on projected growth for the carbon tech industry over the next two decades and Ringness said her group was “very conservative in estimating how much of that market share” Wyoming can capture.

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