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-designed electric rates are good for customers and the planet
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.
A proposed Gila River diversion plan would have irreversible consequences for New Mexico’s last free-flowing river, at a tremendous cost to water ratepayers or taxpayers. Cheaper, faster and proven alternatives exist.
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.