||December 27, 2014|
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Energy Resources Management
America in the years ahead will continue to face critical energy challenges. In 2001, the California experience demonstrated that federal, state, and local energy policy makers, regulators, consumers and producers face critical policy and investment choices in the decade ahead regarding energy resources. In some markets, as we witnessed with natural gas this past winter, increased demand outstrips reliable supplies. The electric industry is being deregulated. Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate. Environmental regulations and impacts resulting from our need to meet energy needs remains a major concern. Not only are consumers often confused about the various energy options offered, but also helpless in the volatility of higher prices for energy.
The tragic events of September 11, 2001, have heightened our national resolve to the importance of secure energy sources. Our priorities should be to develop strategies that decrease our dependency on foreign oil and to lessen the impact on price volatility and supply uncertainty.
The proper response to these uncertainties is the development and implementation of a sound regional energy strategy. The Energy Resources Management Program is refocused into four core areas:
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