A regional power market efficiently deploys the lowest-cost energy from across the region to meet the needs of an expanded geographic footprint, thereby lowering costs. And, through lower energy prices, a regional market can spur economic growth. Lower electricity prices translate into greater household income, and more income to spend can stimulate local economies. A regional power market would also mean that our utilities could more cost-effectively and reliably integrate larger amounts of renewable energy onto our electric grid in the West.
Water needs and energy needs are tightly linked. Generating energy – particularly at fossil-fueled power plants – requires a lot of water and pumping, treating, and using water requires a lot of energy. This synergy creates many opportunities for energy and water planners to reduce both energy and water demands.
Western Resource Advocates seeks a modern, flexible electricity grid that efficiently integrates innovative clean energy technologies, such as distributed solar generation, electric vehicles, and battery storage – all of which can reduce carbon pollution that causes climate change.
Performance contracting is a powerful public-private partnership tool that helps public entities implement efficiency projects that pay for themselves and save significant amounts of water, energy and money with no up-front capital costs.
By encouraging water conservation at the outset of a new development, water utilities will not only extend their existing water supplies, they save consumers money on their monthly water bills.