Officials give lawmakers update on Wyoming Energy Authority

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) The transition creating the Wyoming Energy Authority is going well according to officials from the state’s Infrastructure and Pipeline Authorities.

Wyoming State Sen. Hank Coe, R-Park, listens to testimony at a Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee meeting in Casper, Wyo. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.

State Infrastructure Authority Executive Director Jason Begger and Pipeline Authority Executive Director Bryan Haessler testified to the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee Thursday on the Energy Authority’s status.

The Energy Authority will combine the Infrastructure and Pipeline Authorities, hopefully streamlining the permitting process.

"We have the Pipeline Authority and the Infrastructure Authority that kind of do the same thing in a lot of cases. And so the two of them will be together that anybody who's applying will be able to apply in one place," said Sen. James Anderson, R-Natrona.

Anderson chairs the Senate Minerals Committee.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed a bill into law in February creating the Energy Authority. The legislation gives the new body two years to form.

Anderson said lawmakers also plan to look at minor changes to the 2019 law during the 2020 budget session.

The Joint Minerals Committee continues meeting at the University of Wyoming at Casper Friday. The main focus of Friday’s meeting will be coal.