A new study from the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) Center for Energy Regulation and Policy Analysis (CERPA) looked into Wyoming residents’ views on achieving a net-zero carbon energy economy.

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The survey, which was conducted at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy, specifically examines the needs, expectations, and concerns of Wyoming citizens related to a carbon-neutral future, as well as the opportunities and technologies that stakeholders feel will be more effective in meeting that goal in Wyoming.

The full survey summary is available online at www.uwyo.edu/cerpa and is part of the larger Intermountain West Energy Sustainability and Transitions (I-WEST) initiative.

This survey was led by Selena Gerace, a CERPA associate research scientist, and conducted in collaboration with Jessica Western, of Big Goose Creek Resolutions.

The survey was conducted through random solicitation of nearly 700 residents among the 12 counties most involved with energy operations -- Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Lincoln, Natrona, Sheridan, Sweetwater, Sublette, Park, and Uinta.

The researchers noted differences between counties in the level of support for energy developments of various kinds, but respondents believe energy development generally is very important now and in the future, with both at 94 percent, with 43 percent believing it is important for Wyoming to transition to carbon-neutral energy types.

The majority of respondents believe the state is going through an energy transition and that it is a long-term development.

A final key takeaway observed in the study indicated that the political affiliation and worldviews of those surveyed created the most differences in responses.

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