Commentary: Utah undervalues citizen-supplied solar power

Craig J. Provost Salt Lake Tribune December 23, 2017   Previous commentaries in the Tribune have made the conjecture that non-solar customers are subsidizing Solar owners. This is a biased and unproven assumption. Several studies by Public Utility Commissions in other states have found that solar providers offer numerous benefits …

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Episode #104: Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute

Matt chats with Richard, who has written extensively (13 books!) on energy and economic issues, about climate change, energy trends and more. Richard, a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, talks first about peak oil, a once popular theory about diminishing fossil fuel reserves which he believes will again …

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Episode #101: Dr. Peter Howe, Utah’s Climate Change Polarization Paradox

Matt chats with Peter, an assistant professor in the Environment & Society department at Utah State University, about his research on public opinion and climate change. They talked primarily about new research, featured in the Salt Lake Tribune and more recently, in the Herald Journal, which found that while Utahns are among …

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Episode #100: Nick Huey, The Climate Campaign

Matt chats with Nick Huey about his creative efforts to increase awareness about climate change, in coordination with University of Utah students. During this year’s rivalry football game between the two universities, Huey and others lit a giant purple Y in the mountains over LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo to bring attention …

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New Rooftop Solar Frontier!

It seems hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. We have had some pretty big developments over the past year, one of which is the big rooftop solar settlement. For those that need a quick refresher you can read this Salt Lake Tribune article to get up to speed.  Before …

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Episode #99: Yoram Bauman, “the world’s first and only stand-up economist”

Yoram joins Matt in the studio for a chat about comedy, bipartisan climate advocacy, and Yoram’s recent move to Utah. Bauman, who has a PhD in economics, has built a living doing humorous lectures and presentations on serious topics, including economics and climate change. He also has co-written several books, including …

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NEWS: In the past 10 days, twice as many Utahns signed up for solar panels every day than usually do in a month

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 11/17/2017 More than 4,000 Utahns signed up to install solar panels in the 10 days before Tuesday’s deadline, becoming the last residents who will get credit under Rocky Mountain Power’s current — and more generous — terms for excess electricity delivered to its grid. More …

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PRESS RELEASE: HEAL Utah introduces new Executive Director

** PRESS RELEASE ** PRESS RELEASE ** PRESS RELEASE ** Media Contacts: Scott Williams, HEAL Utah Executive Director scott@healutah.org 801-355-5055 Michael Shea, HEAL Utah Senior Policy Associate Michael@healutah.org 801-706-1885 HEAL Utah is proud to introduce its new Executive Director, Dr. Scott Williams. Dr. Williams is a long-time resident of Utah …

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Episode #95: Julie Stewart, Professor At Westminster College

Julie Stewart, a Westminster honors college professor, joins Matt in a conversation about research she and her students did about Utah rooftop solar owners. Julie, an award-winning scholar and teacher who happens to also be Matt’s wife, describes the 200+ online surveys and 60+ interviews her team did to learn about …

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Episode #94: David Roberts, Vox.com Journalist

Matt chats with David, one of the most important writers today on energy, climate and the environment, about several of his recent columns in the online news outlet Vox. First, they tackle “radical flank effects,” about whether more radical forms of activism are useful to broader movements. Next, they discuss renewable portfolio standards, a …

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