NEWS: Adversaries in Utah fight take a break, for now

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Rocky Mountain Power Inc. and solar advocates have declared a cease-fire in Utah’s burgeoning solar war. The two sides appeared poised for a fight at the state Public Service Commission this week over the application of new rates for rooftop …

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NEWS: New EPA chief will impact Utah’s regulations on air pollution, water resources

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Dec. 11, 2016  SALT LAKE CITY — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a host of implications for Utah, which has railed against the federal agency for regulations on air pollution and water resources. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will take …

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NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power suspends request for new rate schedule, will negotiate with solar stakeholders

EMMA PENROD The Salt Lake Tribune Dec 09 2016    Utah’s rooftop solar industry will have more time to negotiate net-metering bills with the state’s main utility, which pushed pause on a review of its controversial price-change proposal Friday afternoon. The state Public Service Commission suspended consideration of the Rocky …

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NEWS: As Utah areas exceed ozone pollution standards, guv recommends feds step in

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune October 18, 2016   State leaders recommend creating three new nonattainment areas in Utah that fall short of Environmental Protection Agency standards for ozone pollution, even as Utah waits to hear from the feds on the status of its small-particulate pollution. Salt Lake and …

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NEWS: Coalition requests federal investigation of Utah funding for Oakland port

Molly Marcello June 23 2016 The Times-Independent A coalition of nine groups, including law firms and organizations throughout Utah and the West, has formally requested a federal investigation into Utah’s allocation of $53 million to buy throughput capacity at an Oakland, California, deep-water shipping terminal. In a June 20 letter, …

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NEWS: Utah’s energy summit highlights challenges, successes

Amy Joi O’Donoghue May 24 2016 Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit opened Tuesday amid an economic climate for fossil fuels dominated by uncertainty and pessimism — at least for the coming months. Utah, like other states rich with carbon fuels, is suffering in …

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NEWS: Gov. Herbert Promotes Energy Director

Judy Fahys May 24 2016 KUER Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has already declared that energy is a top priority in his administration. Now he’s inviting the head of his energy development office to join his inner circle. Citing her public- and private-sector experience, he announced Laura Nelson’s promotion on Tuesday …

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NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power wants to sign Utah on to a multistate power grid that some fear could make California king

EMMA PENROD The Salt Lake Tribune May 10 2016 Rocky Mountain Power believes it has finally found a way to get Utah customers the cheap renewable energy they’ve been asking for, but local leaders are concerned that the deal would give California authority over Utah and 10 other Western states. …

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Editorial: Utah politicians distract us from our bad air.

The Salt Lake Tribune April 21, 2016 While Utah’s elected leaders launch a wild goose chase for public lands, pat themselves on the back for being creeped out by pornography and tout their willingness to defy federal authority, the greatest threat to life in the Beehive State literally hangs in the air …

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