Wyoming lawmakers toy with overhauling utility commission to buoy coal

Wyoming utility regulators may soon be in for a wild ride.


For decades, the Wyoming Public Service Commission has upheld an unequivocal mission: “provide safe and reliable service to customers at just and reasonable rates.”


It’s a mantra that state regulators repeatedly declared Tuesday when testifying before the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee.


But as Wyoming’s coal industry wobbles, lawmakers are itching to prepare for an impending wave of coal-fired power plant retirements. Many lawmakers think public regulators and utilities have a key role to play.