On October 16th, The Western Way held a round-table discussion with conservative leaders in Utah to talk about the critical environmental and energy issues facing the Beehive State. TWW appreciated hearing from the in-state experts on a wide variety of major issues ranging from Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments and wildfire prevention strategies to mine reclamation and rural energy development.
The next day, Utah’s Public Utilities Energy & Technology Interim Committee met to look at the specific factors that limit development of wind, solar and geothermal in rural Utah and what changes might be in order to drive more economic development.
TWW’s Bob Beauprez led the conversation and shared why TWW has been successful in working across Western states to help educate and forge relationships that result in reasonable solutions to environmental problems. The dynamic conversation in Utah, furthered TWW’s belief that Western States are leading the nation in developing commonsense policy solutions.