Thursday, January 31, 2013

Governor creates Arizona's Master Energy Task Force

Governor Jan Brewer has issued an executive order creating a Master Energy Plan Task Force to come up with a draft state energy plan by September 2013.      Lisa Brug, head of the Governor's Energy Policy Office will chair the body, which has a charge to maintain a diverse energy portfolio and find ways to keep energy dollars in Arizona.   Arizona currently is almost entirely dependent on out of state supplies of oil, natural gas, and diesel fuels.

The Governor noted that Arizona has a diverse portfolio of electric generation, including coal (39%), nuclear (28%) , natural gas (27%), and hydropower (6%).    She called for additional production from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, algae, and landfill gas.   [Right, newly completed Black Mountain solar farm near Kingman.  Credit, Solon Corp.]

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