Utah’s high quality of life is no secret. As one of the youngest, fastest growing and best places for business in the United States, access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy continues to play a vital role in Utah’s successful formula.
With one of the most affordable electricity rates in the nation, Utah is home to a diverse array of energy and minerals, including hydrocarbons such as natural gas, oil and coal, as well as renewables like solar, wind, geothermal and hydro. Utah continues to rank nationally in the production of many, including 10th for coal, 6th for solar, 11th for oil and natural gas and 3rd for geothermal – just to name a few.
As the state looks to meet future demands, an “all-of-the-above” approach to resource development remains fundamental to fueling a thriving economy, maintaining a healthy environment and advancing innovation. In fact, with our state energy policy and strategic plan that promotes an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach, market-based principles and innovation, Utah has been able to reduce its carbon emissions by roughly 15 percent over the past decade!
Moreover, by threading relationships between government, industry, research and education to provide new solutions, Utah is leading on advancing carbon management technologies, alternative fuels, energy storage, microgrids, enhanced geothermal systems and much more. With three world-renowned research institutions, Utah helps set the standard in energy innovation.
As our historical crossroads keep expanding through energy infrastructure and market access, Utah continues to be a global trailblazer in the way it advances energy resources through responsible development, wise policy, education and innovation.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How is Utah advancing air quality through energy priorities?
A: We are taking significant efforts to improve the air quality in our state, and energy plays a key role. By challenging refineries to produce high-quality tier-3 fuels we will reduce mobile-source air pollution in our state by sizable margins for years to come. Governor Herbert has engaged many executives in the private sector to ensure this happens, and with much success. Alternatively, Utah is working to develop electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the state. Well-distributed charging stations will give drivers greater options when selecting vehicles to drive. Our state is also working to ensure that building efficiency is improved and that we develop more efficient power plants, among other important energy goals.
Q: What steps has Utah taken in energy policy and development to mitigate the effects of climate change?
A: Governor Herbert believes in an “all of the above” energy policy. New energy sources should always be explored and considered, but that doesn’t mean they realistically replace existing energy sources overnight. Nor does it mean that existing energy sources can’t be made cleaner. With that said, Utah is leading out on the research and development of cleaner energy sources and more renewable energies. Solar energy is currently the fastest growing energy market in the state. Additionally, the University of Utah’s Energy & Geoscience Institute was awarded a $140 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a geothermal energy lab near Milford, Utah. This lab will be used to explore the possibility of expanding geothermal energy use throughout the state and will work to determine what parameters need to be in place for this energy source to scale upwards and outwards.
Q: What are Utah’s energy plans for the future?
A: Utah’s 10-year energy plan can be found here.