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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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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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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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: Op-ed: Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day by keeping up the momentum in Utah

Kevin Emerson and Kenner Kingston Deseret News 10/04/2017 Today is Energy Efficiency Day, a nationwide day to recognize and celebrate this abundant, cost-effective energy resource. Energy efficiency is a Utah ethic and a priority for our state. As a community, we save money and use energy resources wisely when we …

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NEWS: All sides praise solar net metering compromise

Glen Beeby Good4Utah 10/04/2017 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Governor Herbert gathered at the capitol with utility and solar leaders to praise a compromise reached on net metering. What price solar customers will get in the future remains to be seen. Net metering allows customers with solar or …

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NEWS: Leaders, advocates praise solar net metering compromise

Amy O’Donoghue Deseret News 10/04/2017 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah leaders, consumer advocates, the solar industry and clean energy boosters are praising the détente achieved with a net metering compromise that preserves status quo rates for thousands of rooftop solar customers in the state. The compromise, endorsed last Friday by …

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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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Episode #92: Tyler Poulson, Salt Lake City & Utah Climate Week

Matt chats with Tyler Poulson, Salt Lake City’s sustainability program manager, about several key climate and energy issues including Utah Climate Week, coming up October 8-14. First, Tyler offers his take on the recent rooftop solar settlement reached between Rocky Mountain Power and other stakeholders. He then updates us about how Salt …

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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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