South Lincoln County has a rich history grounded in coal production, and later, power generation. The coal industry fueled the area in the early 1900s, followed by the Naughton Power Plant’s construction in the 1950s. In the early 1980s, the Shute Creek Natural Gas Plant was constructed and is now operated by ExxonMobil. A critical byproduct of the Schute Creek Plant is the immense stores of helium. In fact, 25% of the world’s helium is processed near Kemmerer, Wyoming. As a centrally located hub in southwest Wyoming, Kemmerer has also benefited from oil exploration.
South Lincoln County has over 300 days of sun per year, making solar energy a viable alternative energy source. Additionally, regular wind in the area has already attracted wind investment, and the open availability of land makes the region a strong contender for wind farms.
With nearly 1,000 highly skilled energy workers employed in the area, Kemmerer is the ideal location to build or expand the energy industry or related support services.