Utah, like the rest of the nation, is at an energy crossroads. We must quickly transition to sources that don’t sicken our families and warm our planet, while continuing to power our modern world.
At HEAL, we also believe that Utah can and should address that energy challenge without turning to nuclear power and adding to our state’s already heavy nuclear burden. For decades, Utah has borne the brunt of a nuclear industry that has extracted uranium from our soils only to return it in the form of nuclear waste and the radioactive fallout from nuclear testing.
From 2008-2010, HEAL undertook the eUtah Renewable Energy Project to point us in a low-carbon, nuclear-free direction.
What is the eUtah Project?
It’s a study showing how Utah can transition to 100 percent renewable energy by mid-century. We analyzed the state’s own data on where the best sites in Utah are for solar, wind, and geothermal energy production. We figured out how much energy those top sites could produce on an hour-by-hour basis. We then compared this to how much electricity Utah uses each hour. The eUtah Report then compares these different numbers to show how various combinations of resources could be brought online to fill the gap.
Throughout the process, we asked some tough questions and worked with top experts to answer them.
Key topics included:
Just how much energy can solar and wind realistically contribute to Utah’s grid?
What happens when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing?
Dr. Arjun Makhijani from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) in Washington, D.C. was the lead researcher on the project. The eUtah Study is modeled after Dr. Makhijani’s landmark 2007 study, Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, which lays out a 50-year plan for transitioning our country away from both nuclear and fossil fuels without impacting our standard of living.
The eUtah Project determined that renewable energy, combined with energy storage and increases in efficiency, can more than meet our state’s electricity needs at a reasonable cost.
Now it’s up to policy makers– and the public– to move forward to make this vision a reality. HEAL Utah’s work on Community Energy Choice is one way we aim to drive more renewable development here in Utah.
Click below to read the summary of our report, called “The Blueprint.” Or click on the right to read the full report.
Also check out the video below of Dr. Mark Jacobson’s presentation at our 2011 Fall Party. Dr. Jacobson’s research shows how renewable energy can meet the world’s energy demands, without the use of nuclear power or fossil fuels. His research corraborates what we were able to show in the eUtah findings for our state.
Read coverage we garnered when the eUtah Project was published: