Clean, Safe and Sustainable Energy for the West
The Sonoran Institute is committed to helping communities in the West move to a clean, safe, and reliable energy future in a manner that supports local prosperity and quality of life. We are working on many fronts to make these goals reality, from identification of appropriate sites for renewable energy generation and transmission to ensuring that the public is meaningfully engaged in the planning processes. Throughout our work, we strive to provide all stakeholders with the information and resources needed to advance a sustainable energy future for the West.
Abundant sunlight, vast tracts of flat land, and a mandate for renewable energy: all signs point to a remarkable opportunity for Arizona to become the solar capital of the United States and, in practical terms, the world. The Sonoran Institute is partnering with other organizations to determine what locations are most suitable for solar energy development. Learn more about our specific solar projects.
Capitalizing on the West’s renewable energy resources will require significant enhancements to the transmission grid system, as well as new lines to deliver these resources to the markets the purchasing markets. While utilizing existing infrastructure is always preferable, there will be instances that require new lines to extend across hundreds of miles and multiple states. The Sonoran Institute is working with numerous stakeholders to determine where enhancements to existing lines are needed and where newly built lines can be suitably located. Find out more about our work in Renewable Energy Transmission Planning.
The Sonoran Institute has joined Western Clean Energy Advocates (WCEA), a coalition of industry, environmental, and economic development groups that is working across the West to accelerate the transition to clean and secure energy resources, and away from coal and gas. WCEA believes that the energy future of the West rests on policy and investment decisions made today. Western utilities and electricity providers will be investing more than $200 billion in new electricity generation and transmission, which will have a profound impact on the West's economy, quality of life, environment, and ability to compete in the global market. Find out more.
Energy is a highly important to building a sustainable future for the West. Communities in the West are moving toward a clean, safe and reliable energy future in a manner that supports local prosperity and quality of life. The Successful Communities Online Toolkit information exchange (SCOTie) is a searchable database featuring case studies of innovative planning approaches on a variety of energy, climate adaptation, and mitigation, and natural resource protection issues that are geared specifically for the Intermountain West audience. Visit the SCOTie website to view best practices and be inspired.
The Sonoran Institute has conducted many original research efforts into helping people and communities in the West find ways to increase the use of clean, renewable energy in their community and region. A recent report, Strategies for Renewable Energy Projects on Arizona's State Trust Lands, is an example of the original research we are doing to help states and communities in the West. As a major landowner in the region, the State of Arizona is poised to benefit from the boom in solar energy. To find out how the Arizona State Land Department can maximize the opportunities for solar energy development. Read the report.
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