Fact 16: Western Geothermal Potential

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 in Facts | 0 comments

Western U.S. has 13,000MW of Near-Term Geothermal Power Potential In January 2006, the Western Governors’ Association released its 67-page “Geothermal Task Force Report.” The Geothermal Task Force is one of eight that comprise the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee (CDEAC). It was created to review the geothermal resources of the states in the Western Governors’ Association region. Towards that end, on July 25, 2005, two-dozen members of the geothermal community met in Reno, Nevada, to assess the potential for commercial development of roughly 140 known geothermal sites. The Task Force also...

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Fact 15: California Greenhouse Gas Targets Attainable

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 in Facts | 0 comments

California Can Meet Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets While Creating 20,000 Jobs and Expanding State’s Economy by $60bn California’s ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions could create tens of thousands of new jobs and dramatically boost the economy in coming years, according to two independent analyses released in January 2006. The reports, one led by economists at the University of California at Berkeley and the other by Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) – a Washington think tank that emphasizes market solutions to environmental problems – agree with an earlier draft version of a state plan and reject concerns that curbing the gases that...

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Fact 14: California Wind Capacity

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 in Facts | 0 comments

California Has Potential for Almost 150GW of Wind Capacity On May 9, 2005, Dora Yen-Nakafuji, a member of the Research and Development Office in the Technology Systems Division of the CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION, presented a 31-page white paper “California Wind Resources” at the Intra-State Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Workshop in Sacramento, California. The white paper provides an estimate of the wind resources within the state that are potentially available, noting that the gross estimates are unconstrained by technical, economic or environmental requirements. The report found that California continues to be a leader in installed wind capacity...

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Fact 13: Combined Heat & Power Capacity

Posted on Dec 15, 2007 in Facts | 0 comments

Combined Heat & Power Could Provide an Additional 43,000MW of Electrical Generation Capacity in Western States On December 8, 2005, a 43-page report “Combined Heat and Power White Paper” was presented to, and accepted for further consideration by, the Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA). Combined Heat & Power (CHP) refers to any system that simultaneously or sequentially generates electric energy and utilizes the thermal energy that is normally wasted. CHP is sometimes called “recycled energy” because the same energy is used twice. The recovered thermal energy can be used for space...

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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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