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UTAH CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the Utah Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in Utah: nearly 30,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in Utah: over 5,000
  • Number of solar jobs in Utah: over 6,000
  • Number of homes that could be powered by solar production in Utah: over 300,000
  • Number of solar businesses in Utah: 142
  • Number of Utahns working in clean energy transmission, distribution and storage: over 7,200
  • Number of gallons of water consumption saved by Utah wind power generation in 2018: over 1 billion
  • Number of homes that could have been powered by wind generation in Utah in 2018: over 80,000
  • Number of jobs supported by wind energy in Utah: nearly 500
  • Number of wind turbines in Utah: 205

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS

  • Number of Utahns who are especially vulnerable to extreme heat: over 55,000
  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses in Utah from 2007-2016: 7
  • Number of people injured by extreme weather in Utah in 2017: 19
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in 2018 in Utah: over 430,000

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of Utahns that believe climate change was happening in 2018: 66%
  • Percentage of Utahns that believe climate change is caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 51%
  • Percentage of Utahns worried about climate change: 56%
  • Percentage of Utahns who support setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 65%