Leading energy exporter.
From coal, oil, gas, uranium and wind—Wyoming is the country’s leading exporter of British Thermal Units (BTUs), a unit of heat equivalent to energy. In 2010, Wyoming produced 10.5 quadrillion BTUs but consumed only 0.5 quadrillion BTUs within the state’s borders. In a global context, if Wyoming were a country, it would rank 10th in overall energy production. 10.5 quadrillion BTUs is greater than the energy consumed by all 114 million U.S. households in a single year.
The energy sector evolves rapidly — and so does Carbon Valley, nestled in a coal-rich section of northeast Wyoming. Though coal mining for thermal use has drawn scrutiny for its CO₂ output, Carbon Valley sets out to change this perception. We’re bringing together some of the nation’s leading engineers, academics and visionaries to reimagine sustainable uses for coal. Campbell County is transforming into an innovative community, leading in carbon research and manufacturing.