Sierra Club Promotes Increased Renewable Energy Use in Western States
May 23, 2011
Twice in March, Sierra Club submitted comments regarding proposed improvements to PacifiCorp’s 2011 Integrated Resource Plan. The plan is designed to both evaluate existing energy sources and propose a future balance of sources that will be affordable, reliable, and compliant with current and pending environmental rules. Through its comments, the Club is advocating for a mix of wind, solar and geothermal energy, and demand side management to meet all of these requirements.
PacifiCorp operates in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. As Oregon and Washington have recently proven, these states have tremendous potential to phase out dirty, coal-fired power plants and replace them with clean energy alternatives. Western states are rich in a variety of renewable resources that could add to the diversity, reliability, and affordability of PacifiCorp’s electric generating fleet.
Sierra Club has identified the harmful environmental and public health impacts of PacifiCorp’s reliance on dirty energy sources while simultaneously bringing to light the immense benefits associated with increased use of renewable energy. The Club will continue its involvement in the planning process through a Utah Public Service Commission proceeding to protect air and water resources in western states and to help transition the nation to a clean energy economy.
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