How We Created a Vision:
PEOPLE and
PROCESS

Process for Creating the Vision

To create a vision for the future of energy in Utah, a team of experts gathered over a two-year period to share knowledge and extensively research and discuss options. Members of the Energy Action Team were selected by Governor Gary Herbert and Envision Utah to represent a spectrum of professional experience and political affiliations. Team members included utility experts, legislators, and other energy specialists from across the state. From 2013 to 2015, the action team met to identify Utahns’ choices related to energy, create scenarios for public input, and synthesize a vision for the future. The process of creating this vision also included the following components:

A 2014 values study

This study was conducted by Heart+Mind Strategies to identify (1) what factors Utahns view as affecting their quality of life the most and (2) the underlying emotions and values tied to those factors. The study concluded that Utahns want the cost of energy to be low but are also concerned about how energy production and consumption will affect the air quality and environment.

The “Build Your 2050 Utah” web app

BuildYour2050.PNGThis app allowed Utahns to identify what factors concerning energy are most important to them and to visualize in an interactive module the effect certain decisions would have. More than 3,000 people across Utah gave input through the app, and the information gathered indicates that Utahns want to:

  1. Lower carbon emissions.
  2. Increase energy efficiency and conservation measures.
  3. Set aside land for future substations, transmission lines, and other infrastructure.
  4. Do more to reduce their personal use of energy.

Analysis

Using the best information currently available, analysis was conducted to model possible effects resulting from changes to Utah’s energy source mix.

The action team used this information to create three different scenarios for the future of energy in Utah. The three scenarios differed in the amounts of natural gas, renewables, and nuclear power used to generate electricity. These variations resulted in changes to household costs, pollutants, amount of water used, need for energy storage, and other outcomes. These scenarios were presented to the public in the Your Utah, Your Future survey in spring 2015, and 52,845 Utahns weighed in.

After receiving public input on the three energy scenarios, the action team met to frame a vision, including goals and strategies, to achieve what Utahns said they wanted for energy in 2050.

Energy Action Team

Cochairs

Ronald W. Jibson

President and CEO, Questar Corporation

Richard Walje

President and CEO, Rocky Mountain Power

Members

  • Ron Allen
    Utah Public Service Commission
  • Roger Barrus
    Utah House of Representatives
  • Michele Beck
    Utah Department of Commerce
  • Robert Behunin
    Utah State University
  • Josh Brown
    Rio Tinto
  • Ken Bullock
    Utah League of Cities and Towns
  • Bob Dalley
    Deseret Power
  • Lincoln Davies
    University of Utah
  • Gene Davis
    Utah Senate
  • Jeff Duncan
    Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Bryson Garbett
    Garbett Homes
  • Jennifer Gardner
    Utah Office of Energy Development
  • David Hinkins
    Utah Senate
  • Doug Hunter
    Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems
  • Scott Jenkins
    Utah Senate
  • Samantha Julian
    Utah Office of Energy Development
  • Tammie Lucero
    Uintah County Economic Development
  • Laura Nelson
    Utah Office of Energy Development
  • Curt Oda
    Utah House of Representatives
  • Chris Parker
    Utah Division of Public Utilities
  • Selma Sierra
    Utah State University
  • Amanda Smith
    Utah Department of Environmental Quality
  • Todd Stevens
    Renewable Tech Ventures
  • Chad Teply
    Rocky Mountain Power
  • Kevin VanTassell
    Utah Senate
  • Alan Walker
    Utah Science, Technology, & Research (USTAR)
  • Sarah Wright
    Utah Clean Energy