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Legislative & Regulatory Process: Proposed changes to the state energy code may be submitted to the Wyoming Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety, which reviews changes and submits recommendations to the Governor-appointed Building Codes Council.
Three-year review cycle concurrent with the publications of new editions of the model codes.
The 1976 edition of the Uniform Codes was adopted in 1977. Prior to 1977, the State Fire Marshal's Office adopted and enforced the National Fire Prevention Agency standards. Since 1977, the state has adopted the current version of the Uniform Building Code consistent with its three-year publication cycle. The current energy provisions are contained in Appendix Chapter 53 of the 1991 Uniform Building Code, which references the 1989 Council of American Building Officials (CABO) Model Energy Code (MEC).
5B, 6B, 7B (zones based on DOE's most recent zoning: zone numbers based on a spectrum, zone 1 represents very hot weather and zone 8 represents subarctic weather. Letters indicate climate type, A-Humid, B-Dry, C-Marine)
544,270 (2009, U.S. Census Bureau)
New Housing Units Authorized by Permit:
Total units: 2,669
Number of Housing Units by Structure Type:
1 unit: 2,178
2 units: 38
3 and 4 units: 210
5 or more units: 243
(2008, Real Estate Center)
Single Family Dwelling: 2,178 (42% less than the previous year), and with an average value of $238,300 per unit (2008, Real Estate Center)
64.57 MMT CO2 (2007)
Petroleum: 61.4% (2007, EIA)
Total Annual Energy Consumption of 494.8 trillion Btu (2007, EIA)
4,545.7 Million Nominal Dollars (2007, EIA)
65% of residents’ energy costs go to home heating
2/3 of households use natural gas as primary heating source.
Residential customer’s average monthly electric bill in 2006 was $65.50.
According to the United States Global Change Research Program, annual average temperature in the Northwest region rose about 1.5°F-4°F over the past century, with projected increases of 3 to 10°F by the end of this century. Climate change is predicted to cause increases in winter precipitation and decreases in summer precipitation. Some changes are already occurring such as changes in snowpack, streamflows, sea level, forests, and other important aspects of life in the Northwest are already underway, with more severe impacts expected over the coming decades in response to continued and more rapid warming.
Wyoming does not have a published climate action plan but the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) addresses air quality, water quality, land quality and other sectors that are affected by climate change. Governor Freudenthal lists tips for increasing the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in Wyoming on his website in order to prepare for the rising costs of energy in the winter months. In addition, Wyoming is also an observer member of the Western Climate Initiative, which aims to reduce emissions by 15% below 2005 levels by 2020.
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