NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power, other parties defend plan to raise Utah power bills to pay for solar power

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 9/19/2017 State regulators have the future of Utah’s solar power industry in their hands — and, possibly, the future of your household electric bill — after a brief Monday hearing. In public testimony early Monday, a representative of Rocky Mountain Power warned it could walk …

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NEWS: State utility commission weighs approval of rooftop solar agreement

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News 9/18/2017 SALT LAKE CITY — The three-member Public Service Commission is weighing a proposed agreement on rooftop solar between Rocky Mountain Power and a consortium of diverse groups, including the Utah Solar Energy Association, state Office of Consumer Services and top solar companies. Commission members …

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NEWS: Utah’s lawsuit against feds on hold after EPA says it might reverse Obama-era order to install pollution controls at 2 coal plants

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 9/12/2017 A federal plan that would have required Rocky Mountain Power to install new pollution controls at two coal-fired power plants is now on hold indefinitely. On Monday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted requests for a stay to prevent that order from …

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NEWS: Trump administration halts pollution controls at Utah plants

Brady McCombs Washington Post 9/11/2017 SALT LAKE CITY — An appeals court granted a request Monday from President Donald Trump’s administration to halt a plan for new pollution controls at Utah’s oldest coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near national parks. The development marks a reversal for the U.S. …

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Episode #89: Michael Shea, Rooftop Solar Settlement Explained

Matt chats with Michael about the historic rooftop solar agreement reached between Rocky Mountain Power, the solar industry and advocates like HEAL in late August. Michael, who worked nearly full-time on defending rooftop solar for the past nine months, describes the negotiating process that led to the recent settlement. He …

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NEWS: RMP net-metering settlement creates assurances, uncertainty for Utah solar

LEIA LARSEN Standard Examiner SEPTEMBER 01, 2017  After announcing a settlement earlier this week, both Rocky Mountain Power and solar industry advocates heaved hard-won, if ephemeral, sighs of relief. The resolution came after discussions lasting nearly all of 2017 about what to do with net metering rates and the rapid rise of …

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Editorial: Rooftop solar deal is progress but not a solution

Salt Lake Tribune 8/31/2017 The arrangement between Rocky Mountain Power and the rooftop solar industry announced this week, if approved by the Utah Public Service Commission, is a step in the right direction. The negotiations centered on how much Utah’s largest electrical utility should credit  homeowners with solar panels for the extra …

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NEWS: Solar advocates, manufacturers supportive but not thrilled with temporary power deal

Art Raymond  KSL Posted Aug 30th, 2017  Clean energy advocates offer cautious optimism for new rules to temporarily govern how owners of rooftop solar systems are compensated for electricity they feed back into the grid, but the consensus comes only after the shelving of an initial proposal from Rocky Mountain Power …

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