Future of the Western Grid Press Release – 08.24.2011

On Wednesday August 24th, Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter will join energy and environmental experts in releasing “Western Grid 2050: Contrasting Futures, Contrasting Fortunes,” the first comprehensive report on the two very different energy pathways currently facing the 11 western states. The report details the resource mixes and grid operations of those contrasting cases in 2030 and 2050 — and their resulting implications for the economy, public health, and the environment across the West.

Gov. Ritter and a broad coalition of energy experts, businesses and conservation groups will call on western state policymakers to prioritize investments in the Clean Energy Vision described in the report in order to: 

  • Create More Local Jobs
  • Improve Global Economic Competitiveness
  • Increase Energy Reliability and Security
  • Significantly Reduce the Direct Environmental Impact of our Power Supply
  • Improve Public Health
  • Reduce the West’s Contribution to Climate Change Pollution & Its Many Negative Impacts

WHAT:   Release of the “Western Grid 2050: Contrasting Futures, Contrasting Fortunes” report. Keynote introduction from Gov. Ritter, highlights of the technical report, and a moderated Q&A with speakers.

WHO:     Bill Ritter, Former Colorado Governor
Amanda Ormond, Western Grid Group and former state energy office director
Carl Linvill, Director, Aspen Environmental Group and report author

WHEN:   August 24, 2011; 9:30 am PT/10:30 MT/12:30 ET

WHERE: Join the web conference & access dial-in information at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/533123768 Register in advance to expedite your log-in process on the day of the event.

**Note that a website URL for the report material will be announced during the web event

For more information, contact: Amanda Ormond, Amanda@westerngrid.net“>Amanda@westerngrid.net

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