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  • Writer's pictureBrian Boner

Protecting the Reliabilty of the Grid

Wyoming, known for its vast landscapes and abundant natural resources, is now taking a decisive step towards ensuring the reliability of its electricity supply. A recently introduced bill underscores the state's commitment to upholding standards in the realm of public utilities. In a rapidly evolving energy environment, this safeguard is needed to ensure reliability for years to come.


At its core, Senate File 22 otherwise known as the “Public service commission-electricity reliability” mandates the Wyoming Public Service Commission to establish certain standards pertaining to electricity reliability. These standards are designed to safeguard against interruptions and ensure consistent access to power for residents and businesses alike. 


One notable aspect of the bill is the introduction of penalties for non-compliance with these reliability standards. This emphasizes the seriousness with which the state views the reliability of its electricity infrastructure. Furthermore, the bill restricts rate recovery for any new or modified facilities that are deemed likely to compromise reliability standards, signaling a clear directive to utilities to prioritize reliability in their operations. Most importantly, the bill allows the Public Service Commission to issue fines for violations of reliability standards. 


By setting clear expectations and consequences, the legislation aims to foster a resilient and dependable electricity grid that can meet the needs of its citizens now and in the future. This legislative initiative reflects the state's proactive approach to addressing critical infrastructure concerns and underscores its commitment to ensuring the well-being and prosperity of its residents. 


This bill represents a significant milestone in Wyoming's journey towards a more reliable and resilient electricity system. I will fight hard towards its enactment, as it signals a promising future where electricity reliability remains a top priority for the state and its residents. 

We know how to produce electricity in Wyoming. While I still support an "all of the above" approach to energy production, that is not the same thing as an "anything goes" energy policy. This bill will give the Public Service Commission another tool to ensure the reliability of the grid even as we face pressures to shut down existing baseload generation.

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