The formation of a regional power market is an essential tool to meet the challenges of the future by delivering clean, reliable and affordable electricity to power our homes and businesses
WRA is working to ensure that electricity rates are smart for our wallets, our environment, our health, and our economy.
Through an extensive information-gathering process, Colorado Springs Utilities staff developed ten portfolios of different resources and investments to represent possible futures for the Colorado Springs electric system. Planning to address key risks and changing regulations while maintaining reliable, affordable electricity is essential.
Nevada is on track to achieve the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan emissions reductions
Colorado’s forward-looking energy policies have already, and will continue to, significantly reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, positioning Colorado to readily meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
In this study, Western Resource Advocates evaluated the revenue-generation potential and the water, electricity, and natural gas savings that public entities can realize using performance contracting in the Colorado River Basin states.
New energy policies in Colorado are resulting in less water needed for the energy generation sector.
This report presents a credit-based carbon dioxide emission rate reduction program for existing power plants including model regulatory language.
This report articulates why and how Western utilities can achieve conservation synergy by integrating water and energy efficiency programs.
Practical methods for community organizations to advance energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy.
Using case studies, this report highlights the close ties among energy, drought, and water use in the Intermountain West; clean energy policies that reduced the energy sector’s water use and exposure to drought; and, finally, recommendations for mitigating the impact of future droughts on the West’s energy sector.
This report shows that for the first time in 20 years, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electric power sector have leveled off and have even begun to decline in the Intermountain West.
In this document, we highlight regulators’ and utilities’ efforts to integrate water into resource planning.
The enormous amounts of water used to generate electricity aren’t being taken into account when utilities make plans to meet future energy generation needs. This report lays out the facts of energy’s water costs and recommends ways to address them.
This fact sheet outlines strategies to address energy use in the water sector and highlights some of the Colorado communities that are making the connection today.
This report examines two options now confronting the West and how they could play out: the region chooses to invest in modernizing the grid moving toward a clean energy future, or it continues to spend money on the grid in a business-as-usual manner.
Local governments can reap the rewards of using solar energy by incorporating creative photovoltaic (PV) solar systems into public infrastructure.
A tree planting program designed by WRA for Phoenix, AZ can reduce energy demand, increase quality of life, and serve as a template for other communities.
One out every four electricity customers in the nation gets their power from electrical co-ops or small electrical utilities. This report focuses on how these suppliers can create cost-effective, energy efficiency programs with robust community participation.
One of three case studies looking at the impact that growing water demands and water-hungry fossil energy production will have on Nevada’s future water supply.
To ensure the benefits of clean energy are fully realized, Westerners and resource managers must work together to develop the transmission network needed to link wind, solar and geothermal energy to existing grids and to ensure they have equal footing with fossil fuel sources. Some of the key planning principles to achieve this are outlined in this publication.