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1 Utahs Energy Climate A discussion of climate and energy policy in Utah. Elisabeth (Lis) Cohen, M.S.

2 Governor Huntsman is chair of the Western Governors Association this year.

3 Utah Energy Policy Promote development of renewable resources Promote study of nuclear power Promote development of resources and infrastructure; reducing dependence on international energy sources Promote development of nonrenewable resources Pursue energy conservation, energy efficiency and environmental quality Streamline regulatory processes Encourage expedited federal action Provide an environment for stable consumer prices

4 Utah Energy Strategy Diversify Energy Portfolio of Renewables and Non- Renewables Promote Economic Development Improve Energy Efficiency and Conservation Improve Environmental Quality and Reduce Greenhouse Gases Develop Transmission and Transportation Maintain or Improve our Quality of Life

5 State of Utah Governors Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change Governor Huntsman is working to address climate change.

6 Governor Huntsman, is making climate change a priority for WGA. This year WGA is working with Chinese dignitaries to reduce GHGs.

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8 Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions –Partners: 7 western states 4 Canadian provinces (figure)(figure) –Observers: 6 US states 1 Canadian province 6 Mexican states Components: –GHG emissions reduction goal –Join The Climate Registry (figure)(figure) –Clean car standards (Pavley) –Design and implement market-based mechanism to reduce GHG emissions (i.e. cap-and-trade program)

9 Utah is participating in the climate registry which focuses on greenhouse gas emissions. Members measure and report emissions –carbon dioxide –methane –nitrous oxide (N2O) –hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) –perfluorocarbons (PFCs) –sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)

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11 Utahs GHG Emissions Reduction Goal is to reduce emissions to 2005 levels by A 28% reduction in emissions over 2020 business as usual (BAU) Over 27 million tons of carbon reductions over BAU Over 9 tons per person reduced in 2020 or one mid-sized sedan or small SUV for one year's worth of driving (15,000 miles) Compares to a WCI-wide goal of reducing emissions 15% below 2005 levels by 2020

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15 Chart #1: Utah Green House Gas Reduction Goal

16 Governor Huntsmans Energy Efficiency Goal Increase Energy Efficiency by 20% by 2015 from 2005 Baseline Lead By Example with State Buildings and Vehicle Fleets State-wide and Economy-wide

17 Renewable Energy Zones UREZ and WREZ GOALS Increase production of electricity from renewable energy resources to meet the energy needs of Utah and the West, and Attain the Utah renewable energy target of 20% by 2025

18 Wind – Blue Green Red- yellow

19 A couple of examples of renewable energy in Utah. Wasatch Wind Spanish Fork, UT This nine-turbine wind farm project at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon, UT is estimated to provide over 55,000,000 kwh annually of electricity, equivalent to powering over 6,100 average Utah homes per year. A new geothermal power plant is being constructed in Southern Beaver County, UT. This power plant will produce approximately 10 MWe in 2008 and approximately 235 MW of energy is available for future development.

20 Transportation Fuels Our second goal will be to designate Interstate 15 from Idaho to Arizona as a natural gas corridor…this will require adding infrastructure, looking differently at our regulatory approach and demanding that we look beyond the here and now. Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr.

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22 MORE INFORMATION

23 In Summary, Utah is working to: Diversify Energy Portfolio of Renewables and Nonrenewables Improve Energy Efficiency Improve Environmental Quality and Reduce Greenhouse Gases Develop Transmission and Transportation Encourage Energy Security Promote Economic Development

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