Deadwood, SD (June 10, 2007)- The Western Governors Association at their Annual Meeting released a report entitled “Clean Energy, a Strong Economy, and a Healthy Environment,” detailing the progress states have made on the clean-energy front in just over two years. The report states that with appropriate state, regional, and federal policy support and future growth that stays consistent with the clean energy activity seen since 2004, the West will have over 80,000 megawatts of clean and diverse energy generating capacity by 2015. Western Governors have set a goal of bringing on-line 30,000 megawatts of new clean energy by 2015, increasing energy efficiency 20 percent by 2020 and providing adequate transmission for the region.
The governors said they will work with Congress and the Administration to put carbon sequestration technology on a fast track. They called for tax credits and the necessary funding to expedite large-scale projects, identify and develop the pipeline infrastructure needed and resolve issues related to risk and liability. The Association adopted a policy resolution, “Transitioning the West to Clean Energy and Energy Security,” which outlines actions that will advance not only carbon sequestration, but also the region’s vast, clean energy resources.
Western Governor’s Association Press Release
Clean Energy Report
Clean Energy Policy