NEWS: Utah among the most toxic states, report says

Jasen Lee Deseret News 11/09/2017 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah ranks among the highest producers of toxic chemicals in the United States, according to data and information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A Forbes.com report shows that the Beehive State was No. 3 behind only Alaska and Nevada in …

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NEWS: Energy efficiency savings may drop in the future

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News 10/08/2017   SALT LAKE CITY — Even as residential energy use continues to drop across the six states serviced by PacifiCorp, the utility company predicts that over the long-term, energy efficiency savings won’t be as big of a factor. That scenario concerns clean energy advocates, …

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NEWS: Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 10/05/2017 Utah’s recent net metering settlement, negotiated by solar industry leaders and the state’s largest electric utility, is a shining example of using dialogue to solve seemingly intractable problems, according to Gov. Gary Herbert. “Differing opinions is not necessarily a bad thing,” Herbert said at …

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NEWS: Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for Rocky Mountain Power solar customers

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune 9/30/2017 Advocates for solar power in Utah were catching their breath Friday after receiving word that state regulators have approved a settlement intended in part to preserve the viability of the state’s solar industry. The settlement, approved unanimously by the state Public Service Commission …

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NEWS: Trump administration halts pollution controls at Utah plants

Brady McCombs AP News 9/11/2017 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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 …

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NEWS: Commentary: There is no question that air pollution is bad for your health

Jessica Reimer Salt Lake Tribune 9/18/2017 In our world where ‘alternative facts’ hold water and scientific evidence is pushed to the side, it is paramount that our state policymakers weed through the noise and identify critical information to support strong policies. Utah policymakers can generally be commended for doing so …

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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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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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Press release: Agreement announced for Utah rooftop solar

Utah Policy Created: 28 August 2017 Gov. Gary R. Herbert today announced an unprecedented accomplishment in the advancement of sustainable rooftop solar energy in Utah. State and local government entities, Rocky Mountain Power, solar industry participants, and non-governmental interest groups have proposed a settlement of net metering and distributed generation …

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