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Western Renewable Energy Zones-Phase 1 Report

In June 2006, the Western Governors’Association published “Clean Energy, a Strong Economy and a Healthy Environment,”a report from the Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee.3 This report explained that while vast
renewable resources exist throughout the West,many reside in remote areas without ready or cost effective access to transmission. Lack of cost effective transmission access was, and remains, the greatest impediment to the rapid development of utility-scale, renewable-rich resource areas.