Western governors release 10-year ‘energy vision’

The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) has just released what it calls its “10-year energy vision” with goals and objectives for the coming years.

The document was issued following the WGA’s meeting June 28-30 in Utah.

The report “articulates the overarching goals of Western energy policy and emphasizes the critical importance of having an effective federal-state partnership,” Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in an introduction.

Many WGA member governors have developed distinct energy plans for their state.

The extraction of conventional resources in states such as North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming has created economic growth, the report says. “The contribution of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal in states including California, Arizona and Nevada has shown the potential for expanding that energy portfolio,” WGA said.

The vision document lays out the overarching goals of Western energy policy: energy security, affordability and reliability, environmental protection, energy efficiency, and a robust energy delivery system.

Among the more specific goals, includes creation of a “clear and transparent process for regulation and permitting on federal lands.” The WGA document also calls for increasing the amount of hydropower generation. The WGA also wants to “restore financing” for the Department of Energy’s geothermal exploration program.

The vision statement also tackles some nuclear issues. WGA wants to encourage the federal government to identify and approve permanent solutions for long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel. It also urges the U.S. government to accelerate the introduction of small modular reactors in the marketplace.

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