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This is a photo of Rocky Mountain Power's Lakeside power plant by night. Rocky Mountain Power serves about 80% of the electric customers in Utah. Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain Power. Used with permission.

Utah’s energy portfolio includes coal, petroleum, natural gas, and other fossil fuels; uranium and other unconventional fuels; hydroelectric, geothermal, solar, wind and biomass renewable resources; as well as energy efficiency. Diversifying and expanding Utah’s energy production and generation will not only provide  jobs and revenues, but will help maintain the stable and low energy prices that fuel the broader business and industrial sectors.  Visit OED’s Utah Energy Overview.

 

"Without these natural resources we would not enjoy the standard of living we do in our modern society." -John Baza, Division of Oil, Gas & Mining

Utah’s Energy Resources

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Conventional Energy

Currently, nearly 99% of Utah’s energy production is from three conventional fossil fuels: coal, natural gas and crude oil. Nowadays, the conventional fossil fuels provide 84% of the U.S. energy demand.

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Unconventional Energy

Located in the heart of the Western Energy Corridor, Utah contains many of the world’s greatest unconventional energy resources, including oil shale, oil sands and uranium. The development of these resources could greatly enhance our region and nation’s economy and energy security.

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Energy Efficiency

Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Legislature have established energy efficiency as a priority, urging state and local governments and utilities to promote cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation. For that reason, and others, this resource area is particularly program-driven. Utah is making notable progress in energy efficiency and was recently recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as one of the “most improved” states and the highest-ranked in the region.

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Renewable Energy

Utah has significant high value renewable energy resources, including solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biomass. Not only do these resources add value and resiliency through their low carbon intensity and distributed nature, but they also provide rural communities with profound economic development opportunities.



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Infrastructure

Population growth and associated economic development in Utah in the coming years will create unprecedented demand for the development of infrastructure and all forms of energy. Regions where the energy needs are strongest are often far from where the energy sources reside, a circumstance that makes the need even more acute. Accordingly, there are huge needs for related exploration, development, production, transportation, and distribution of these energy resources.

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