NEWS: Is a fee for solar energy users a ‘sun tax’ or fair play?

Brian Maffly Angled to the southeast, Stan Holmes’ home above the state Capitol has a great view of City Creek Canyon but a less optimal position for solar panels — they generate most of their electricity in the morning, not during afternoon surges in demand. But his new is 3.78-kilowatt …

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NEWS: Faith, business groups blast proposed fee on solar-equipped homes

Brian Maffly A growing chorus from across the sociopolitical spectrum is denouncing Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal to impose a monthly $4.65 fee on its net-metered customers — those who generate their own power from solar rooftop arrays and pipe what they don’t use into the grid. The state’s largest utility …

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NEWS: Scientists: End ‘fake debate’ over climate, cut carbon emissions

Brian Maffly  Scientists: End ‘fake debate’ over climate, cut carbon emissions Environment • Advocates urge Utah to start cutting carbon emissions. BY BRIAN MAFFLY THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED: MAY 15, 2014 10:53AM UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 10:56PM As a political conservative, Barry Bickmore didn’t want to believe warming of …

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NEWS: Air quality has a landmark session at the Utah Legislature

Brian Maffly   Air quality has a landmark session at the Utah Legislature BY BRIAN MAFFLY THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED: MARCH 13, 2014 08:34PM UPDATED: MARCH 14, 2014 07:29PM Utah lawmakers approved numerous bills geared toward improving the state’s notoriously poor air quality, but they declined to allow state …

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NEWS: Bill to allow counties to buy bulk amounts of renewable energy stalls

Brian Maffly Bill to allow counties to buy bulk amounts of renewable energy stalls Energy • The proposal will be studied before the 2015 Legislative session. By Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune Published: February 18, 2014 05:23PM Updated: February 18, 2014 07:28PM Allowing Utah counties to make bulk purchases …

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NEWS: Utah lawmaker proposes letting small power customers go green But Rocky Mountain Power says it would be costly to get it to homes.

Brian Maffly     Utah lawmaker proposes letting small power customers go green But Rocky Mountain Power says it would be costly to get it to homes. BY BRIAN MAFFLY THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 17, 2014 09:49PM UPDATED: FEBRUARY 17, 2014 10:40PM Utah homeowners and other small customers …

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NEWS: Clean air activists give most Utah lawmakers bad grades

Brian Maffly     Clean air activists give most Utah lawmakers bad grades Legislature • At least 15 air quality bills will be debated this session. BY BRIAN MAFFLY THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED: JANUARY 28, 2014 10:14AM UPDATED: JANUARY 28, 2014 01:10PM Report cards assembled by air quality activists …

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NEWS: Utah air plan too soft on industry, EPA says

Utah air plan too soft on industry, EPA says Air quality • State’s proposal exempts industry malfunctions from pollution limits. BY BRIAN MAFFLY THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE PUBLISHED JANUARY 9, 2014 7:16 PM After a contentious public meeting Wednesday, Utah air quality officials sewed up a comprehensive road map to …

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NEWS: What will it cost to clean Utah’s air; meet federal standards?

Brian Maffly While vehicle emissions account for about half of Utah’s particulate pollution, countless things we do every day add to a problem that becomes depressingly acute every winter. That can of hair spray is loaded with volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that chemically react in the air to become …

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