Science & Land
Description: Learn about the future of reliable electric power from Bryant Shakespear, Chief Operating Officer for Garkane Energy, a rural electric cooperative serving southern Utah and the Northern Arizona Strip. The Cooperative serves four national parks, two national monuments, a national recreation area, three national forests, and several districts of BLM land, including over 15,000 members across a 16,000 square mile service area.
The presentation will explore the strengths and weaknesses of conventional and renewable sources of energy for southern Utah and the surrounding area as the industry works to meet the challenges of generating and delivering reliable electricity during a time of fundamental transition.
Relationships with energy providers and backstops against failure associated with various sources of generation are important. On the horizon, a 95 megawatt solar farm to be constructed in Kane County is projected to deliver renewable electricity to the regional power grid by the end of 2024 while Glen Canyon Dam faces complex challenges as the western states grow increasingly more arid.
Location: Kanab City Library community meeting room, 374 North Main St, Kanab, Utah
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