All fifty U.S. states are not legally equal on energy options. The Western states are different from others in three notable regards, when assessing the possibilities and tools available to dictate their future energy landscapes. That future will not be based as much on traditional fossil fuel use. There will be a transition to more use of renewable energy, such that the majority of future electric power additions will be comprised of renewable energy. For context, fossil fuels are transportable within the U.S.;either by pipeline or surface transport. Renewable energy is fixed in place and in its raw form is not transportable like fossil fuels.
"Moving the Legal Needle of Western Climate and Energy Options,"
San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law: Vol. 8
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital.sandiego.edu/jcel/vol8/iss1/4