Gov. Matt Mead on Monday called for additional funding in clean coal research, a new emphasis on renewables and a review of the state’s reclamation policies.

Those initiatives headlined the updated energy strategy unveiled by the governor at a news conference in Cheyenne and reflected the dramatic change that has occurred in Wyoming’s economic landscape since Mead released his first energy plan in 2013.

Gone from the strategy was an initiative to grow new foreign markets for natural gas and coal. In its place came measures designed to confront the new economic realities facing Wyoming fossil fuels, most particularly coal.

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