SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and the Utah Office of Energy Development (OED) released the new State Energy and Innovation Plan last week, laying out six key commitments that will serve as a guidepost for energy development:
Utah is committed to an “any of the above” energy future, supporting efforts and policies that provide a variety of tools and resources that citizens, communities, businesses, and industries can choose from to deliver or obtain affordable, reliable energy.
Utah is committed to American energy independence, pursuing policies and actions that will enable more domestic energy development and enhance global energy security.
Utah is committed to pragmatic, market-driven climate solutions that enable innovative energy production. This includes a focus on supporting Utah-based research and development, ensuring we stay good stewards of our environment for future generations of Utahns.
Utah is committed to supporting rural communities through economic development and diversification efforts, infrastructure investment, and workforce training and development.
Utah is committed to supporting a clean energy future through a strong and responsible mining program for critical minerals; investment in emerging energy technology such as hydrogen, storage, and energy efficiency; and air quality research and incentive programs.
Utah is committed to collaboration with its local, regional, and federal partners to pursue infrastructure and innovation projects such as EV charging, transmission, emerging fuel hubs, and coal community support and diversification.
The plan lives on the OED’s website as an interactive story map at energy.utah.gov/plan.