Wind power catches a mountain breeze

Wind turbines near Cheyenne, Wyo.; the state is trying to become a remote supplier of clean energy

THE STORY OF CARBON COUNTY, WYOMING, CAN BE TOLD in its name. The 8,000-sq.-mi. jurisdiction first appeared on the map—figuratively and literally—in the 1860s along with the development of its vast coal reserve. That energy source, the black gold of the 19th century, defined the region’s economy for more than 100 years.

Now, Carbon County is vying

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