The Energy Matching Funds (EMF) intend to spur innovation and bring transformative energy projects to Wyoming, leading the way to provide the nation with the energy it requires, solving sustainability issues without deteriorating reliability and affordability.
In 2022, the Wyoming Legislature appropriated $100 million to the Office of the Governor to provide matching funds for private or federal funding for research, demonstration, pilot projects or commercial deployment projects related to Wyoming energy needs including, but not limited to, carbon capture utilization and storage, carbon dioxide transportation, industrial carbon capture, coal refinery, and hydrogen production, transportation, storage, hydrogen hub development, biomass, biochar, hydropower, lithium, processing and separation, battery storage or wind and solar energy.
The Governor delegated the management of the EMF to the Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) in an effort to leverage Wyoming-based projects that are applying for federal funding. The Legislature made an additional $50 million available in 2023, including provisions and notice requirements.
The program is open to individuals and organizations, both public and private, seeking matching funds to meet the purposes of EMF. For full EMF guidelines, click here.
Successful projects will:
The EMF project review process includes an initial concept paper, followed by an invitation to submit a formal proposal. The project proposal then goes to the Review Committee – comprised of the Executive Director of the WEA, a designee from the Governor’s Office, the Director of the Department of Workforce Services, the CEO of the Wyoming Business Council, and the Executive Director of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources.
If projects are recommended to proceed, a ten-day public comment period opens. All comments are reviewed and considered in the final decision for awarding Energy Matching Funds; however, individual responses are not provided.
Finally, the project proposal then goes to the Attorney General’s office and then the Governor for final approval. This public process ensures that each project awarded has been thoroughly considered by multiple parties, including an invitation to members of the public to weigh in on projects.
Please read the full Energy Matching Funds guidelines and information packet for more information regarding eligibility, guidelines, and submission requirements.
Energy Matching Funds continuously accepts concept papers. However, the review process will follow a quarterly schedule. Concept papers will be accepted until 5:00 PM Mountain Time January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. If the submission deadline occurs on a weekend or Wyoming public holiday, submissions will be accepted until 5:00 PM Mountain Time on the next regular work day. Concept papers can be submitted at any time prior to submission deadlines.
The Energy Matching Fund Review Committee has recommended the following projects to Governor Gordon for approval.
A ten-day public comment period is currently open. All comments are reviewed and considered in the final decision for awarding Energy Matching Funds; however, individual responses are not provided.
Please provide public comment by submitting and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|ATR Partners I LLC, with Principle Petroleum
recommended award: $9,850,000
|Visionary Metals Corp (DBA Lost Creek Corporation)
recommended award: up to $1 million
|Black Hills Energy/Wyodak Resources Development Corp.
|BrightLoopTM – CCS Demonstration Plant: Converting Wyoming PRB Coal to Hydrogen
|Cowboy Clean Fuels, LLC
|Triangle Unit Carbon Capture and Storage Project
|CO2 and Hydrogen Pipeline Safety: AI-Driven Leak Detection
|Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
|University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
|Williams Companies, Inc.
|The Williams Echo Springs CarbonSAFE Storage Complex Feasibility Study
award: $1,950,000, EMF will be contributing half of this amount, with the company matching the other half.
|University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and Frontier Carbon Solutions
|Sweetwater Carbon Storage Hub
|BWXT Advanced Technologies
|Assessment of Microreactor Deployment, Applications and Development of Nuclear Microreactor Technologies and Knowhow in the State of Wyoming