Accelerating Renewables and Energy Efficiency to Mitigate Climate Change

    Accelerating Renewables and Energy Efficiency to Mitigate Climate Change

     

     

    Sarah Wright, Executive Director, Utah Clean Energy. sarah@utahcleanenergy.org

    The US electric grid, which began operations over 100 years ago, is the largest industrial machine in the nation. It contributes 30% of all US Greenhouse Gas emissions, and in 2015 generated 4 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity. To date, the electricity industry has been one of the slowest industries to innovate. Now, with rapidly emerging technologies, declining prices and demand for cleaner resources, we have the opportunity to revamp and decarbonize our electric system. Learn about pricing trends for renewable energy, and growth trends nationwide for renewables, energy efficiency, storage technology, and how these trends are impacting Utah.

    As founder of Utah Clean Energy, Sarah has a proven record of accomplishment in the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency within the state of Utah. As Executive Director, she has effectively fostered diverse partnerships with state agencies, municipal governments, industry, agricultural groups and community groups to advance clean energy solutions. She is an intervener in regulatory proceedings and a witness in legislative hearings testifying in support of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Sarah brings over fifteen years’ experience with the Utah industry where she served as an environmental consultant providing occupational health and ambient air quality permitting services. Sarah holds a B.S. in Geology from Bradley University, and an M.S. in Public Health from the University of Utah.