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By Mead Gruver The Associated Press

Wyoming proposal would require utilities to use fossil fuels

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A group of Wyoming lawmakers is bucking the U.S. trend of supporting renewable energy with a plan to do the opposite: Fine utilities if they provide energy produced by wind or the sun.

Blustery Wyoming ranks among the top states for wind-energy potential, but the coal, oil and natural gas industries are the backbone of the state’s economy.