Earlier today, the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah) released a study saying that the majority of the entire state's energy needs could be met with renewable energy by the middle of this century.
Life in the state with the highest quality of life is about to get a little better, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The Brookings Institute -- the Washington, DC-based think tank -- on Wednesday released a report with a very fancy title: "Centers of Invention: Leveraging the Mountain West Innovation Complex for Energy System Transformation." Luckily for readers, the stuff covered by the paper's authors, Mark Muro and Sarah Rahman, is light on the fancy and a bit heavier on pragmatic policy.
For the moment, this is as flashy as it gets. Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah will be home to a 2.6 megawatt solar system. This massive set of panels will produce 25 percent of the large building's electricity needs. Bella Energy is performing the installation, and NexGen energy is funding it.
More than 150 years after the pioneers saddled their horses and sharpened their pickaxes for the frontier, the land of the American West is being rushed again—but this time it's not for gold (or Manifest Destiny). After Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced in late June federal initiatives to accelerate the development of solar power on Western public lands. Under review are 676,048 acres of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management—a Department of the Interior agency—and located in New Mexico, California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. Salazar said he expected the new measures to hasten 13 commercial-scale solar plants into construction by the end of next year, creating 50,000 jobs.