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RAPID Toolkit

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RAPID ToolkitThe Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) toolkit is the culmination of a multi-year effort by Western Governors to tackle the challenge of transmission line siting and permitting in the West. The online tool is designed to streamline the challenge of siting and permitting transmission lines in the West.

RAPID was unveiled by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Chairman of the Western Governors' Association, at the 2014 Winter Meeting in Las Vegas.

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10 Year Energy Vision

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10 Year Energy Plan 2013 coverThe "10-Year Energy Vision" is a set of regional goals and objectives the Governors have agreed should guide energy development, use and energy policy in the West.

This report published in 2013 is meant to be a guide and it is not intended to supersede individual state energy plans. The report demonstrates bipartisan cooperation on energy and environmental issues that can serve as a useful basis for a national energy plan.

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Energy Perspectives

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Energy Perspectives 2013 coverThis report published in 2013 features 20 essays authored by individual Western Governors and Canadian Premiers on different topics on energy. In each essay, the authoring Governor or Premier provides insights gained from their efforts to best serve the priorities of their constituents.

The topics range from the importance of coal as a fuel and driver of economic growth for the state of Wyoming to the urgent need for greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change policy for the state of California.

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State of Energy in the West

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State of Energy 2013 coverWestern energy resources are vast and diverse. To inform the development and implementation of the 10-Year Energy Vision, this report published in 2013 provides a factual account of energy resources and issues in the West.

The central feature is a thorough overview of energy resource reserves and extraction, the infrastructure used to transport electricity and energy commodities, and the utilization of energy resources and technologies in the region. The book also discusses the importance of energy literacy and the potential of several promising energy technologies currently on the horizon.

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Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West at Least Cost: The Integration Challenge

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Meeting Renewable Energy TargetsThe Western Governors' Association commissioned this report to explore ways to reduce costs to the region's electricity consumers for integrating wind and solar, identify barriers to adopting these measures, and recommend possible state actions.

Prepared by Regulatory Assistance Project for WWGA, the preparation of this report was financed in part by funds provided by The Energy Foundation. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability supported the participation of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Renewable Resources and Transmission in the West: Interviews on the Western Renewable Energy Zones

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Renewable Resources and TransmissionThis is the Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ) Phase III Report to the Western Governors.

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Nuclear Energy

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nuclearenergyrepcov-smIn April of 2011 WGA convened a workshop on Nuclear Energy in the West with experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Electric Power Research Institute and other groups.

This report focuses on the role for and challenges associated with nuclear energy, and how states can contemplating the potential development of new, advanced nuclear energy production in the West.

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Industrial Energy Efficiency

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iee-reportcov-smIn March of 2011 WGA hosted a diverse group of stakeholders to explore what states can do to foster improved industrial energy efficiency, both within individual states and regionally. The discussions focused on a wide array of obstacles and solutions.

The workshop offered ideas for how Governors and states can take the lead in promoting improved industrial energy efficiency by setting energy efficiency (EE) goals and by recognizing companies for significant EE achievements.

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