Wyoming will take the first steps toward a state energy policy, Gov. Matt Mead's policy chief told state legislators today.

The steps will include the formation of an energy sub-cabinet consisting of several department heads and representatives of other organizations, and a quest for an energy policy framework contained in a document of "elegant simplicity," Shawn Reese said.

Reese said the moves are driven by the lack of a federal energy policy, which creates uncertainty for energy industry leaders and those working on energy innovations. Reese spoke to the state Legislature's Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee in Casper.

"In the absence of a national energy policy, there are opportunities for a silent agenda to be implemented throgh federal agencies through the Department of the Interior and the (Environmental Protection Agency)," he said.

Reese said members of the energy sub-cabinet will include the Wyoming Pipeline Authority, the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, the state Office of State Lands, the State Energy Office housed under the Wyoming Business Council, the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources and the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute.

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