Joy Greenwald, Townsquare Media

Energy experts are in Cheyenne for the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority's (WIA) Spring Energy Conference.

Bill Chapman, President and CEO of Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview, LLC, says the cowboy state has made a good start in understanding that it needs to communicate with western states as well as be a leader in coal burning technology.

"The good news from my perspective, as someone who's developing a terminal to export that coal in the state of Washington, is that Wyoming has been a good partner in helping with that communication and initiating that investment in the coal technologies," said Chapman.

Coal production in the state has fallen by 17% since 2008 amid low natural gas prices and increasing production of renewable energy.

Earlier this year, the Wyoming Legislature granted the WIA the ability to issue up to $1 billion in bonds to finance infrastructure projects that could be built outside of the state.