Carbon tech could bring job boom to Wyo. — report

Source: By Heather Richards, Casper Star-Tribune • Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Carbon technology could support 2,600 jobs in Wyoming every year, a new report found.

The University of California, Berkeley-based group American Jobs Project is looking at new jobs in energy transition.

“Taking practical steps to grow Wyoming’s carbon tech industry can put a lot of people to work and support coal-dependent communities while kick-starting new areas of growth,” said Kate Ringness, co-director of the American Jobs Project and an author of the report.

Wyoming is in a unique spot for carbon technology, the report says. The state could set up funding for early stage carbon technology in the private sector and encourage private investors to contribute to scholarships to forgive student debt. It noted some progress has already been made.

While the report does not offer many details about how Wyoming can embrace carbon technology, it does put a number on the job potential in the sector.

“I’m not aware of anybody that has tried to quantify the potential job prospects that could occur,” said Rob Godby, director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming.

“They are the first ones to try it,” he said.