Population: 600,000

Energy Production

  • 10,353.4 Trillion Btu total energy production
  • 54,710 Thousand barrels of crude oil
  • 2,159,422 Million cubic feet of natural gas
  • 438,673 Thousand short tons of coal
  • 4,776 Thousand MWh electricity produced (January 2012)

Energy Consumption

  • 553 Trillion Btu total energy consumption
  • 29.9Million barrels of petroleum
    • 8.4 million barrels of gasoline
    • 156,454 Million cubic feet of natural gas
    • 27,707 Short tons of coal

State Government Profile

Governor:  Matt Head (R): first term; first elected in 2011; Governor is limited to 2 terms


Speaker of the House: Tom Lubnau (R)

President of the Senate: Tony Ross (R)

Bicameral body: Both chambers under Republican control

60 House Members: 52 Republicans, 8 Democrats

30 Senate Members: 26 Republicans, 4 Democrats

Energy Issues

State regulators have been fixated on air quality issues particularly as it relates to the Upper Green River Basin in dealing with ozone standards, although many state officials have voiced their opinion that air quality standards are already monitored at the federal level. Hydraulic fracturing also has taken center stage as a slew of lawsuits have been filed against companies involved in this practice. Despite the state taking the lead in passing regulations that mandate companies list their fracking chemicals, this has not stopped the onset of lawsuits. Much attention has been drawn to companies being allowed to maintain secrecy of some chemicals. In other key areas, many residents and environmental groups have expressed opposition to a proposed 1,100-mile long high-voltage power line designed to transmit 3,000 megawatts of mostly wind-generated electricity to high population areas of the state. The development of the power line has also brought a slew of issues to the forefront concerning right-of-way, property infringement and degradation to farm and public lands.