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.
Well-designing electric rates are good for customers and the planet
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.
Advocating before public utility commissions helps advance clean energy throughout the West. Western Resource Advocates’ attorneys, engineers and other experts effectively advocate to increase the use of solar, wind, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies, and electric vehicles.
In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the first- ever carbon pollution limits for power plants as part of the Clean Power Plan. In part due to the clean energy policies Western Resource Advocates has worked to advance, many Western states are well -positioned to meet these standards.
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.