NEWS: Utah governor signs trio of solar power bills

Christian Roselund PV Magazine March 29th, 2018 With all of the stories of legislatures and utility commissions approving policies to undermine net metering and weaken the economics of customer-sited solar, it is easy to miss the progress being made in many states. This includes so-called “red” states that have been…

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NEWS: Utah gets another four dozen new laws — including UTA overhaul — signed Friday by the governor

Dan Harrie Salt Lake Tribune March 23rd, 2018 Gov. Gary Herbert signed a major transportation bill Friday that he has praised as bringing more accountability and efficiency to the revamped Utah Transit Authority. Herbert put the final touches on the Beehive State’s newly constructed policy on medical marijuana — a…

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NEWS: Gov. Herbert signs another 44 bills, including a $1.7M fee break for EnergySolutions

Dan Harrie and Lee Davidson Salt Lake Tribune March 22nd, 2018 Utah’s governor has agreed with legislators in deciding that EnergySolutions, the low-level radioactive waste disposal company, needs a $1.7 million break on the state regulatory fees it has been paying. Gov. Gary Herbert approved HB169 on Wednesday, his office said in…

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OP-ED: Guest opinion: Good clean air progress; more needs to be done

Rep Steve Handy UtahPolicy.com March 19th, 2018 When I began my legislative service, I asked one of the senior legislators how he thought I could make a difference? His answer, “Just listen to your constituents, they’ll tell you what to do.” So I have listened and what I continually hear,…

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EDITORIAL: Utah’s Legislature passes a win, and a loss, for the environment

Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake Tribune March 9th, 2018 In very anticlimactic fashion, the Legislature passed a resolution this session that recognizes “the impacts of a changing climate” and our stewardship over it. Yes, the Utah Legislature. Rep. Rebecca Edwards sponsored House Joint Resolution 7, which is a nonbinding resolution to commit the…

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NEWS: Utah Lawmaker Proposes Self-Inspections for State Landfills

Associated Press U.S. News February 26th, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A legislative proposal would allow Utah‘s 168 landfills to do self-inspections in an attempt to increase sagging oversight without raising taxes to fund increased inspections. The House Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Committee took a liking to the proposal…

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NEWS: Lawmakers make vehicle-emissions tests more common in Utah, but penalties for ‘rolling coal’ are unchanged

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune March 9th, 2018 Although one of two key bills aimed at reducing pollution from cars failed to pass on Utah’s Capitol Hill, environmentalists say the 2018 legislative session was largely a success for air quality. HB171 — which would have doubled penalties for Utah drivers caught…

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NEWS: Clean air bills sparse this Legislative session, 2 still being considered

Cathy McKitrick Standard Examiner March 8th, 2018 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s bad air days due to wintertime inversions typically coincide with the state Legislature’s 45-day session, providing a visual backdrop that underscores the need to take action. But this year’s weather failed to provide that sense of urgency. Bo…

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