See also Oil & Gas
At present the production of energy resources in southeast Utah is not a robust industry, nor is it innovative or reslient, except for a few scattered solar arrays on private homes and public facilities. There is a uranium ore reduction mill near Blanding that sits idle most of the time, and a few oil and gas wells near Moab and Bluff that are more annoying than productive.
However, energy products from other places pass through our convenient corridors everyday in the form of trucks, pipelines and transmissions lines, which may or may not increase, dependending on the implementation of various national policies.
Very soon things could change here, as two controversial steam-powered (thermal), electric generation stations near Green River City have been proposed. One proposal includes a nuclear reactor and the other a coal-gasification plant.
These additions to the national power grid would be necessary to meet traditional energy production demands for other proposed projects near our watershed. For example, to extract oil and gas from the huge oil shale reserves found to the immediate north in the Uinta Basin.
Uranium ore extraction is another troubling development for our community.
Such energy development will wreak havoc on the scarce water supplies of the Colorado River and destroy what watershed integrity yet remains.
The Canyonlands Watershed Council supports energy development that does not engage in the use of fossil and nuclear fuels.
- Transitions to Alternative Vehicles and Fuels. 2012. National Resource Council.
- Journal: Energy Policy. 1973 -2013.
- Stanford: Woods Institute for the Environment
- Stanford: PrecourtInstitute for Energy
- Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
- USDA rural development programs
- Energy Star
- Strategic Unconventional Fuels Task Force
- Utah Energy Advisor
- Utah weatherization assistance program
- 2010 - Governor's 10-year Energy Plan (Draft).
- 2011 - Governor's 10-year Energy Plan (Final).
- 2013 - Utah's Water Future: 50-year Strategy
- Home page: Governor's Energy Plan
- Documents and comments of Governor's Energy Plan
- 2011 - Utah's Energy Landscape. UGS.
- Energy Water Nexus for Utah
- 2014 - Utah Coal: A Report and Scenario Plan. Rural Planning Group.
- Renewable Energy Program. Rocky Mountain Power.
- Utah Clean Energy
- Clean Energy Action (Colorado)
- Post Carbon Institute
- Clean Energy Leadership. Headwater Economics.
Nuclear Power Plants
- 2012 - Dangers of living near nuclear facilities. NAS.
- 2013 - Transcript of HEAL Utah et al. vs. Blue Castle Holdings (Green River Nuke)
- 1976 - The Quest for Energy: Socio-Economics and Environmental Impacts. League of Women Voters.
- 2009 - Utah's Energy Landscape. UGS.
- 2009 America's Biggest Polluters: Carbon Dioxide Emmissions from Power Plants in 2007. Arizona Environment.
- 2009 - Innovation Policy for Climate Change
- 2009 - Carbon Dioxide Sequestration. Southwest Hydrology.
- 2009 - Blueprint for clean energy economy (Executive Summary) (Full Report). Union of Conserned Scientists.
- 2009 - Evaluating the Feasibility of a Large-Scale Wind, Water, and Sun Energy Infrastructure. Jacobson & Delucchi.
- 2010 - eUtah. Heal Utah. (Documents combined).
- 2013 - Executive Summary: Tar Sands Oil Shale Market Assessment. U of U.
- 2013 - Oil Shale Market Assessment. U of U.