smokestackAt HEAL, we work hard to push our utility, Rocky Mountain Power, to move away from relying on dirty coal to embracing clean energy.

It’s challenging work, in part because power companies across America have done an especially impressive job of linking themselves with benign things, green and blue things, like grass, the sky, wind and the earth.

Despite that effective marketing, we and you know the truth: Utilities burning coal to generate electricity are a devastating force for ill. Their pollution sickens our families and is warming our planet. They are not moving nearly quickly enough towards wind, solar and geothermal power – and in many cases, they’re actively trying to block that transition.

The Worst in the West

A significant majority of Rocky Mountain Power’s electricity comes from burning coal and the next biggest chunk from natural gas. The data varies, depending upon the source, but roughly 80 to 85 percent of most Utahns’ electricity comes from polluting fossil fuels.

We need your help to force our utility — Rocky Mountain Power — to move away from dirty coal towards clean energy. Check back to this page regularly and read the below posts and news articles to find out more about that work.

To attract as many people as possible to our campaign targeting Rocky Mountain Power, we’ve created a short video. Please check the video out – we think it’s a powerful indictment of our utility’s hypocrisy. It’s just three minutes long, and we’re immensely proud of it:

For residents and businesses in the Salt Lake City area who receive their electricity from PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power, the company’s largest sources of power generation in Utah – coal-fired power plants – are far from sight, to the south in Carbon and Emery Counties. Basic information on pollution emissions from these plants, and on coal-fired power in the state more broadly, isn’t readily provided by the company to Utahns.

 Here’s a quick rundown or Rocky Mountain Power’s Coal Plants:

  • Hunter

    Three units, 1,320 megawatts total. Located near Castle Dale, Utah in Emery County. Owned and operated by PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power. Began operations in 1978.

  • Huntington

    Two units, 895 megawatts total. Located near Huntington, Utah in Emery County. Owned and operated by PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power. Began operations in 1974.

  • Sunnyside

    One unit, 51 megawatts. Located in East Carbon/Sunnyside, Utah, in Carbon County. PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power purchases 100% of the power from the plant, which is owned and operated by Exelon. Began operations in the 1990s. Burns coal waste from old mines.

  • Carbon Power Plant

    Located in helper in Helper, this coal plant has recently been retired.

Our campaigns pushing Rocky Mountain Power have many angles, from fighting against their proposed solar tax, to pushing the state of Utah to use the Regional Haze rule to crack down on coal power pollution, to shining a light on the tortuous thicket of rules that govern utilities which complicate HEAL’s efforts to wield our citizen activism power.

Hunter Power Plant, Emery County, Utah

Hunter Power Plant, Emery County, Utah



Recent updates on Coal…

NEWS: EnviroNews: Great Salt Lake Toxic Dump

Amy Brunvand
Catalyst Magazine
March 7th, 2018

In February, a coalition of local environmental groups hosted public meetings regarding a threat to build a garbage dump at the north end of Great Salt Lake. A company called Promontory Point Resources, LLC has applied for a Class V waste permit which would specifically allow the proposed dump to accept out-of-state hazardous waste including coal ash contaminated with arsenic, lead and mercury.


Read the full article here


OP-ED: Promontory Point doesn't decide what's an open record and what isn't

Standard-Examiner Editorial Board
March 18th, 2018

Promontory Point Resources doesn’t want you to know its plans for a landfill on a lonely peninsula in the Great Salt Lake.

No, that’s stating it too mildly.

Promontory Point Resources desperately doesn’t want you to know its plans for a landfill on a lonely peninsula in the Great Salt Lake.

Which means it’s time to start paying attention.


Read the full article here


NEWS: Promontory Class V landfill not needed in Utah, says DEQ consultant's report

Leia Larsen
Standard Examiner
March 14th, 2018

When a landfill developer on Promontory Point suddenly withdrew its permit application to take out-of-state waste last month, they said it was to “better collaborate with stakeholders, like the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality).”

But a letter sent last week by an attorney for Promontory Point Resources indicates the relationship between the private business and the state agency isn’t so rosy.

The seven-page letter was hand-delivered March 5 to DEQ’s director of Waste Management and Radiation Control — the agency in charge of the landfill’s fate.


Read the full article here




  1. I would like to know how you are going to replaced 2200 + megawatts of power when you shut down the coal fired power plants.
    You are also claiming that nuclear power is expensive than why is France have some of the lowest power cost in the world and the most nuclear power plants.

    • Hello Chad. Thank you for the comment. With the price decreasing and efficiency improving, we are looking to solar and wind to replace the energy created by coal fired power plants.

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