The analysis, Building the Clean Energy Economy: A study on jobs and economic development of clean energy in Utah, was conducted at the request of the Governor's Energy Adviser, Dr. Dianne Nielson. This study analyzes the economic development opportunities for Utah’s economy resulting from increased investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy in the state of Utah. This study also looks at the net economic and employment impacts to the State of Utah if it were to achieve a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2015 and 20% renewable energy by 2020 in the electricity sector.
Utah Clean Energy, Wikstrom Economic and Planning Consulting, and MRG Associates collaborated to determine the methodology and scope of the analysis. Energy Strategies helped the aforementioned partners identify assumptions for electricity sales for Utah, Utah’s peak load capacity, energy available to Utah, and the capital and operation & maintenance (O&M) costs for renewable and natural gas plants. Funding for this study was provided in part by The Energy Foundation.
The report findings were presented at a legislative briefing held February 19, 2009 at the Utah State Capitol. The presentations from this briefing are available below.