The meeting and rule reviews had been initiated by former Oil and Gas supervisor Grant Black; however, Black left earlier this month in an administrative shake-up, and interim Oil and Gas supervisor Mark Watson said the initial focus would now primarily be on well setbacks.
Once again, Texas took the honors of top wind power state with nearly 36 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity produced annually. Iowa was second, with more than 15 million MWh, followed by California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, North Dakota, and Wyoming.
Perhaps most notable was the state’s oil sector. Tax collections on the industry grew. Drilling applications rose. And the number of rigs drilling for oil, though steady in recent months, was up over the same time last year.
Increased domestic growth in oil and gas production driven by the shale revolution has led to the lowest level of net energy imports in more than20 years, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration.
Wyoming policymakers have made a push in recent years to sell the state’s wind resources to the Golden State. California is required under state law to purchase 33 percent of all electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020 and represents a potentially lucrative market for renewable power producers across the west.