Episode 90: Grand Staircase-Escalante with Dr. Paul Jakus

Matt chats with Utah State professor Paul Jakus about his recently released study which examines the economic impact of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, critically important research given the strong possibility that the Trump Administration may propose to shrink the monument. Dr. Jakus’ study, which was covered in the Salt Lake Tribune, found that the …

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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: Rise of Western wildfires makes for gloomy air quality future in Utah

LEIA LARSEN  Standard-Examiner September 10, 2017 By the end of August, before wildfire smoke began to billow throughout Weber County, Sara Findlay had already been to the doctor three times to treat upper respiratory infections for her asthma. Then fires began lighting up throughout the West, including the Uintah Fire, just …

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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: Utah business leaders to Governor: Bad air making it hard to attract employees from out-of-state

BY DANICA LAWRENCE Fox 13 AUGUST 29, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY – Thirty local business leaders are fed up with the Salt Lake Valley’s bad air quality and the Utah government allowing the air to become so awful their employees are moving away. They say it’s made hiring employees from outside …

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