AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.
Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2022
Mark Gordon (Rep.)Governor
Edward Buchanan (Rep.)Secretary of State
Peter Michael (Rep.)Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2019Session Dates: 02/08/16-03-04/16
Term: 4 year
President: Eli Bebout
Vice President: Michael Von Flatern
Senate Majority Leader: Drew Perkins
Senate Minority Leader: Chris Rothfuss
Senate Member Breakdown
House of Representatives
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the House: Steve Harshman
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House: Albert Sommers
Majority Leader: Eric Barlow
Minority Leader: Cathy Connolly
House of Representatives Member Breakdown
Wyoming Public Service Commission Commissioners: Gubernatorial appointment, Senate confirmation: 6 year termChairperson: Elected by fellow Commissioners: 1 year term
Alan Minier (D), Chairman Appointed by Governor Dave Freudenthal in 2008; current term expires in 2021.
Bill Russell (R), Deputy Chairman Appointed by Governor Matt Mead in 2012; term expires in 2017
Kara Brighton (R), Commissioner Appointed by Governor Matt Mead in 2013; term expires in 2019
A priority for Governor Matthew Mead, the Wyoming Action Plan for Energy, Environment and Economy was completed in 2013 and is meant to offer a framework for energy exploration, development and production, and balance those practices with the environment.
Notably, Mead chaired the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee in 2012 when it released a blueprint for the energy and environment. The RGPPC Blueprint outlined a number of guiding principles including those focused on energy security, environmental cooperation, energy affordability and energy as an economic driver.
The Plan contains the following key initiatives and objectives:
Maintain and expand energy production; Utilize Energy Atlas GIS Decision Support Tool to facilitate planning, siting and analyses for energy development and natural resource management; Support development and expansion of LNG and CNG industries; Complete comprehensive review of state oil and natural gas environmental regulations to improve regulations and bolster state regulatory primacy; Complete regulatory review and recommendations for flaring to ensure air emissions rules and monitoring/reporting processes are streamlined and coordinated. Opportunities for utilizing excess gas will be explored; Develop a state program that tracks oil and natural gas operators’ activities—including their performance related to regulatory requirements and base bonding; Establish State Agency Energy Audit Program to audit state buildings, analyze results and identify opportunities to implement conservation measures; Study barriers to energy efficiency in school facilities.
While Wyoming’s gas utilities are not required to implement energy efficiency plans, Questar Gas offers an energy efficiency program.
In March of 2008, SourceGas submitted an application to the Wyoming PSC for approval of an Extra Incentive Allowance in Docket No. 30022-106-GT-07. SourceGas stated that the Regular Incentive Allowance, standing alone, was frequently inadequate to enable rural customers to connect to the system, because the cost of the attachment substantially exceeded the Regular Incentive Allowance. In response to this circumstance, SourceGas proposed an Extra Incentive Allowance, which is available to customers over and above the Regular Incentive Allowance. Under SourceGas’ program, a customer is free to accept or reject the Extra Incentive Allowance. SourceGas is also able to offer on bill financing of gas appliances. The Extra Incentive Allowance is available in instances where the overall service connection cost exceeds the Regular Incentive Allowance. Under the Company’s program, the Extra Incentive Allowance is paid back over time via an additional charge on the customer’s monthly bill until it is recouped This program was approved originally on May 21, 2008 and has since been expanded to allow for a maximum incentive of up to $5000.
On August 4, 2016, the Wyoming Public Service Commission approved a Pipeline Safety and Integrity Mechanisms (PSIM) for Black Hills Energy (BHE). The PSIM will allow BHE to recover its investment for nine specific projects utilizing the PSIM and would increase its natural gas utility revenue by $42,511 for the period of August 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017.
The PSIM is designed to recover the PSIM Revenue Requirement associated with the investments in pipeline infrastructure approved in Docket Nos. 30003-62-GA-14 and 30005-187-GA. Until such time as these infrastructure investments are included in base rates, but no later than March 31, 2021, PSIM costs will be recovered from customers using a PSIM charge applied to all customers' monthly bills. The PSIM will be calculated annually using the actual and forecasted capital costs and operating expenses for the just ending calendar year and forecasted Dth billing determinants by customer class, except for the calculation to be used to determine the first PSIM rates effective with usage on or after August 1, 2016.
The Company will make a PSIM filing with the Commission annually by December 31st of each year. The PSIM filings will: 1) reflect the additional investment in pipeline replacement costs that have been, or that are anticipated to be completed, during the current year; 2) true-up to actual costs the investment costs and related revenue requirement from the amount in the previous year’s PSIM, and 3) true-up the revenue collected from customers to the amount, reflecting the prior year's trued-up investment. The PSIM applies to all natural gas rate schedules for all classes of service authorized by the Wyoming Public Service Commission
Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Co. owns a public CNG station in Cheyenne, WY and has an NGV rate schedule in its tariff.
Questar Gas owns and operates 3 CNG Stations and has an NGV rate schedule in its tariff for refueling natural gas-powered vehicles with compressed natural gas at Company-owned refueling stations.
SourceGas Distribution has a decoupling mechanism in place its for small and medium general service class distribution customers.
Weather normalization is not part of this decoupling mechanism.
Questar Gas operates under a conservation-enabling tariff (CET) mechanism designed to ensure that the Company only collects from GS customers the Commission-authorized revenue per customer. The Commission-authorized revenue per customer multiplied by the number of customers equals the Commission-authorized revenue requirement. As the number of the customers fluctuates, the total revenue authorized from the GS class will also fluctuate.
The CET applies only to the GS rate schedule.