Western Governors roll out '10-Year Energy Vision,' a regional consensus on energy policy

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10 Year Energy Plan 2013 coverWestern Governors unveiled a 10-Year Energy Vision, which lays out overarching goals for Western energy policy, at the WGA’s 2013 Annual Meeting (June 28-30) at the Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

The "10-Year Energy Vision" provides a comprehensive approach to energy policy, from fossil fuels to renewables, as well as a focus on energy efficiency, environmental protection and education. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, the WGA Chairman, spearheaded the year-long energy project with his WGA colleagues that produced "10-Year Energy Vision" and its companion documents, "The State of Energy in the West" and "Energy Perspectives."

“The 10-Year Energy Vision represents a consensus from states with very different resources and policy stances,” said Gov. Herbert. “It was truly a bipartisan effort that includes the perspectives of all the governors.” 

State of Energy 2013 coverThe Western Governors’ "10-Year Energy Vision" contains six energy goals on which the governors all agree. Some of the goals include: achieving energy security; generating clean, affordable and reliable energy from a diversified portfolio of energy sources; increasing energy efficiency, and protecting wildlife, the environment and natural resources.

Western Governors consider the "Energy Vision" as something of a blueprint for a comprehensive national energy policy that promotes economic growth while protecting valued natural and environmental resources.

The Western Governors created two other documents with regard to the association’s year-long focus on energy.

The State of Energy in the West: Provides detailed background on energy resources and consumption in the West. For example, you'll learn that Western coal production accounts for nearly Energy Perspectives 2013 cover60% of the national total and that the West delivers two-thirds of the nation's wind energy. 

Energy Perspectives: A a collection of essays by Western Governors and Canadian Premiers on a variety of energy-related topics.

Copies of each of these documents may be downloaded on the WGA website. Go here.

Watch a video about the "10 Year Energy Vision."