Wyoming Governor Matt Mead recently signed a bill to expand the duties of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA). Previously the WIA’s duties primarly focused on electricity but the new bill is said to include “electric and energy transmission infrastructure.”

According to a recent publication by the Wyoming Business Report, “the change is primarily designed to give the agency a greater role in the development of coal infrastructure, particularly the kind that would allow state producers to more readily export coal from proposed deepwater ports that are under heavy public fire.”

The apparent goal is to expand the WIA’s role without stepping on the toes of other agencies that fall into the category of “energy transmission”-such as the Wyoming Pipeline Authority- as well as improving on the amount of coal export.

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