Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge facing our region and the world.The electricity industry is the largest source of greenhouse gases, accounting for 50% of carbon pollution in the Interior West. Eliminating carbon from the electric industry will help reduce carbon pollution from other sectors of the economy, such as transportation. By transitioning the Interior West to clean power, we help prevent catastrophic climate change, improve air quality, and protect public health. This work reduces the detrimental environmental impacts of coal mining and natural gas extraction, reduces water use, and builds a clean energy economic engine that will increase the West’s economic prosperity. By transitioning efficiently to clean power our region can be a model for other parts of the United States and even other countries.

Western Resource Advocates’ Clean Energy Program goals are to 1) eliminate the electricity industry’s contribution to climate change in the Interior West and 2) enable the region’s electricity industry to provide a lower carbon alternative to current transportation fuels. We will do this by:

  • Reducing regional power sector greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 2005 levels by 2020.
  • Increasing the region’s electricity generated by renewable resources by 20% by 2020.