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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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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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: Solar advocates, manufacturers supportive but not thrilled with temporary power deal

Art Raymond  KSL Posted Aug 30th, 2017  Clean energy advocates offer cautious optimism for new rules to temporarily govern how owners of rooftop solar systems are compensated for electricity they feed back into the grid, but the consensus comes only after the shelving of an initial proposal from Rocky Mountain Power …

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NEWS: State announces solar net-metering deal

 Annie Knox @anniebknox Deseret News Published: Aug. 28, 2017   The state and its largest electric utility have hammered out a preliminary compromise on the future of rooftop solar in Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert’s office announced the agreement late Monday, following years of debate and an act of the state Legislature. Under …

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NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power, solar advocates, reach a deal on an alternative to utility’s net-metering program

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 8/28/2017 The state’s largest provider of electricity has agreed to drop its bid to change the way customers with rooftop solar pay for their power — and will instead grandfather in existing net-metering customers until the year 2035.  In a settlement released Monday evening, Rocky …

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Op-ed: Rooftop solar systems actually offer more benefits than costs

By Ralph Ferrara For the Deseret News Several years ago, my wife and I decided to invest in a rooftop solar system. Even though we have a modest income, I wanted to do my part to make sure the world was going to be as healthy and sustainable as possible. …

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Take Action on Rooftop Solar! Spring ’17 Update

For many people, summer means BBQs, mountain hikes, and water sports. But for us energy wonks, we get excited because solar panels are producing the most electricity! There’s nothing like knowing that on a beautiful sunny day, all that clean energy is being pumped through the electric grid.  The future …

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NEWS: Utah’s governor touts air quality improvements, but admits more needs to be done

BEN WINSLOW Fox13 MAY 16, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted improvements to the state’s air quality, but acknowledged that more needed to be done. During a ceremonial bill signing on Tuesday at Ensign Elementary School, the governor highlighted steps the state has taken to reduce …

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NEWS: Former EPA leader defends actions on Utah haze, ozone

EMMA PENROD The Salt Lake Tribune May 19 2017 07:00AM A plan to require new pollution controls at coal-fired power plants in Utah was among the Environmental Protection Agency’s greatest accomplishments under the Obama administration, according to one of the agency’s former leaders. Shaun McGrath, former EPA Region 8 administrator, …

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