Western 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 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.”
The Western Governors’ 10-Year Energy Vision contains six energy goals on which the governors agree. Some of those 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.