Posts made in December, 2007

Fact 12: Solar Capacity In Western U.S.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 in Facts | 0 comments

Solar Energy Could Provide 8000+MW of Capacity in Western States by 2015 On December 8, 2005, a SOLAR Task Force submitted an 87-page report to the Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA). The WGA represents 18 western states and three U.S. territories. The report concludes that as much as 8,000 MW of capacity could be installed in the western states of the U.S. with a combination of distributed solar electricity systems and central concentrating SOLAR POWER (CSP) plants by 2015, and an additional 2,000 MWth of SOLAR THERMAL systems could be installed in the same time frame. At that point, the cost of electricity...

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Fact 11: Effectiveness of Short-Term Efficiency

Posted on Dec 8, 2007 in Facts | 0 comments

Energy Use in Buildings Can be Cut by 14% by 2020 Through Short-Term Efficiency Policies In July 2005, the Alliance to Save Energy released a 77-page study entitled “Building on Success: Policies to Reduce Energy Waste in Buildings.” The study notes that current energy use in buildings represents 39 percent of all energy use in the U.S. — more than industrial or even transportation usage. It concludes that by 2020 building energy use can be reduced by 14 percent and total national energy use could be cut by 5.6 percent through the implementation of short-term, realistic energy policies. The study examined state and federal policies that have reduced...

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Fact 10: Western U.S. Could Reduce Electricity Consumption 20%

Posted on Dec 5, 2007 in Facts | 0 comments

Western U.S. Could Reduce Electricity Use by 20% from Projected Levels by 2020 On September 15, 2005 the ENERGY EFFICIENCY Task Force of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) submitted an 88-page draft report to the WGA’s Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee. The report evaluates the potential for increasing energy efficiency throughout the Western United States. The Task Force reviewed seven major efficiency potential studies that have been completed in the WGA region in the past five years. The studies vary in terms of their timeframe for projecting electricity savings potential, their geographical coverage, and their approach. Some examine...

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