Matt Mead

Wyoming partners with Japanese companies seeking coal

Aiming to develop new export markets for a fuel source hit by declining domestic demand, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Monday signed an agreement calling for cooperation between the state and a consortium of Japanese companies in researching clean-coal technology.

Mead signed a memorandum of understanding in Cheyenne with the president of the Japan Coal Energy Center. It represents about 120 manufacturing and energy companies, including Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Mead said he expects a conference will take place in Wyoming, the nation's largest coal-producing state, within a year that would allow Japanese researchers to work on coal issues...