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Clean Energy, a Strong Economy and a Healthy Environment: A Progress Report 2005-2007

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cdeac07Electricity price spikes and shortages in 2000-'01 prompted Western Governors to work together to ensure that the region had a more reliable, affordable clean energy portfolio.

This annual report from 2007 details the progress the Western region has made towards achieving the ambitious clean energy goals established by the Governors in 2004.

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future

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water06Governors identify water issues, such as the demands of population growth and energy needs, and make recommendations for dealing with those issues in this 2006 report. 

The findings note that the answers for these issues will need to come from a variety of sources, including local, state and federal entities.

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Collaborative Conservation Strategies: Legislative Case Studies from Across the West

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lands06Western states contain vast tracts of publicly owned lands which impact the social and economic fabric of adjacent rural Western communities. As much of the West experiences population growth, the tension between growth and preservation has escalated for these lands and the communities.

This 2006 report traces the history of land conservation in the West and the case studies show how traditional adversaries in three Western communities were able to avoid impasse and come together to hammer out difficult compromises to accommodate most interests.

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Clean Energy, a Strong Economy and a Healthy Environment

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cdeacWestern Governors launched the Clean and Diversified Energy Initiative with the adoption of a resolution that established three important goals for the West:

Develop an additional 30,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2015 from both traditional and renewable sources

Achieve a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020

Ensure a reliable and secure transmission grid for the next 25 years.

The Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee (CDEAC) was commissioned by the Western Governors to identify technically and financially viable policy mechanisms, stressing non-mandatory, incentive-based approaches, to meet the goals established in the Governors' resolution. This is the 2006 report.

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Conserving the Greater Sage Grouse: Examples of Partnerships and Strategies at Work Across the West

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sage-partnersThis 2004 report illustrates the depth of commitment and cooperation taking place across the West to conserve the Greater Sage Grouse.

The success stories represent a glimpse of what the successful partnerships are accomplishing and how they are doing it.

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Conserving the Greater Sage Grouse: A Compilation of Efforts Underway in Western States

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sagegrouse origIn the West an unprecedented conservation effort includes 11 states working together to protect the Greater Sage Grouse, a bird whose habitat covers most of the Western United States.

This report from 2004 compiles all of the work being done in the area stretching from Colorado to California and north from Utah to Montana. 

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Creating A Drought Early Warning System for the 21st Century: NIDIS

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nidis 1With drought causing between $6 billion and $8 billion a year in direct estimated losses to the U.S. economy and devastating impacts on our society, Western Governors can't overlook the need for science to predict, monitor and mitigate this phenomenon.

The National Integrated Drought Information System created in 2006 will be a dynamic, accessible drought information system that provides users with the ability to determine the potential impacts of drought and the decision-support tools needed to prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought.

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