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.
The Chevron court case brought by Western Resource Advocates for the first time confirmed the huge quantities of water oil shale development will require. This is important information for states and federal agencies to consider before approving new development.
Growing communities can meet their future water needs in ways that protect our rivers, economy, and exceptional quality of life. WRA advocates for water management in the 21st century involving high levels of water conservation, water reuse, and partnering with agriculture.
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.
The federal government is opening up the Ashley National Forest to a 400-well oil and gas development in important Greater sage-grouse habitat. Western Resource Advocates filed a legal challenge to stop their plans and protect this defenseless species.
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.