In an effort to revitalize the coal industry in the state, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead signed an agreement yesterday, which will allow the state to work in conjunction with a conglomerate of Japanese energy companies in order to research clean coal technologies. Researchers from the Japanese group will work closely with the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources. According to Mead, Wyoming needs to take itself from being a leader in coal production, to also leading in the development of new technologies for the industry. Wyoming depends on revenues generated from coal production, which has fallen in recent years, resulting in a large statewide budget cut. Japan is interested in conducting this research because the country has continued to increase their reliance on coal powered generation since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.