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Western Grid 2050: Contrasting Futures, Contrasting Fortunes
Carl Linvill, John Candelaria & Ashley Spalding for Aspen Environmental Group

This report examines two very different energy futures western states can choose to build with $200 billion investment in electric infrastructure over the next 20 years: Business as Usual (BAU); or Clean Electricity Vision (CEV) trajectory. Moving to CEV, the report shows, can create more jobs and drive more robust economic development in western states than other investments can. If carefully planned, low-carbon electricity can be more secure and sustainable than today's electric system. While substantial investment will be required, electricity bills can be lower for consumers who aggressively pursue efficiency and conservation opportunities. Orderly transition to more diverse and decentralized resources can provide a foundation for new prosperity.

This report portends that, if states do not make a conscious choice to move to clean energy, it’s likely electric service will evolve along a Business As Usual trajectory and there will not be any significant improvement from 2010 to 2030 or even 2050. Western Grid 2050 is intended to begin a dialogue on the alternatives, so westerners can make an informed choice.

This information was submitted by Jeremy Laundergan, Director, Utility Services Consulting, EnerNex, jlaundergan@enernex.com on 10/10/2011.

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