Gov. Matt Mead’s energy plan stresses innovation, education, production and natural resource protection — among other things — and could include finalized initiatives by the end of the year, a top advisor said Monday.
"The document also prioritizes reclamation and mitigation, a state priority which Reese said has only been intensified with the reduction of abandoned mine lands funding.
The plan doesn’t include specific measures related to reclamation and mitigation, but makes becoming an innovator and leader in the processes a “priority.” Reese said measures created under the plan could include a conservation bank for off-site mitigation funded by developers. Under the latest draft, the state would also develop a “consistent” approach to bonding for reclamation.