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How energy is produced in the American West, the nation’s “energy breadbasket”

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“The State of Energy in the West” from the Western Governors' Association provides a comprehensive survey of conventional and renewable energy resources in the region.

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How energy is produced in the American West, the nation’s “energy breadbasket”

  1. 1. Energy production in the West 12/2/2013
  2. 2. Non-renewable energy production in the West Source: “State of Energy in the West” 1/2/2013 2
  3. 3. Renewable energy production in the West Source: “State of Energy in the West” 1/2/2013 3
  4. 4. Oil and gas as a share of employment, by state Fossil fuels make up the largest share of state employment in the West. In Wyoming, the oil and gas industry accounts for nearly 16% of total state employment. Source: “State of Energy in the West” 1/16/2014 4
  5. 5. Severance taxes (for the extraction of fossil fuels) are an important revenue source in Western states State Severance Tax Payments in 2011 $4.50 $4.00 (in millions) $3.50 $3.00 $2.50 $2.00 $1.50 $1.00 $0.50 $0.00 AK WY NM MT NV CO Source: “State of Energy in the West” UT AZ CA WA OR 1/2/2013 5
  6. 6. Sage grouse range overlaps some wind power sites ESA candidate threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation Source: U.S. Geological Survey, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 1/16/2014 6
  7. 7. Where solar potential and wildlife habitat collide: desert tortoises live in some solar power hotspots Critical habitat for desert tortoise (Mojave subspecies) Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Bureau of Land Management 1/16/2014 7
  8. 8. Download more slides and other resources ecowest.org 1/16/2014 8

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