News: House Approves Bill To Scrap Solar Subsidies

KUER By: Whittney Evans February 13, 2017 A bill to phase out the state’s tax credit for residential solar panel installations passed the Utah House on Monday. House Bill 23 would end the state’s $2000 individual income tax credit by 2021.  Republican Representative Jeremy Peterson sponsored the bill. He said …

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NEWS: Rep. Briscoe argues solar use for better Utah air quality

Fox 13 News JANUARY 16, 2017 Published by Jeff McAdam SALT LAKE CITY – When Utah’s State Legislature kicks off next Monday, a number of clean air bills, ranging from anti-net metering issues, to the construction of additional air monitors, will likely be considered. “Everything we’ve been trying to do to …

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Episode #64: “Harness the Sun” with author Philip Warburg

Matt chats with Philip about his new book chronicling the sharp growth in America’s solar industry. He compares the current reality of solar to wind, which he wrote about in his previous book “Harvest the Wind.” They talk about the fights over tax credits that have supported solar’s growth and the …

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Episode #63: “The Grid” with author Gretchen Bakke

Matt chats with the McGill University professor, who has written a very interesting and provocative new book about America’s electricity infrastructure. The book is about much more than just renewable energy and the issues it poses to our electric grid, but that’s what she and Matt primarily talk about. They …

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NEWS: Proposed solar charges from Rocky Mountain Power causes customer confusion

Leia Larson Standard Examiner November 28, 2016   When Rocky Mountain Power published its proposal for new solar net metering rates, it hit home for GB Burningham. Burningham has worked in the solar industry for three years and recently launched Genuine Solar in March. The move was a direct result of finally …

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Press Statement: HEAL Condemns Rocky Mountain Power Solar Fee Bid

PRESS RELEASE *** PRESS RELEASE *** PRESS RELEASE ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER SEEKS HUGE FEES ON ROOFTOP SOLAR CHARGES PROMISE TO DEVASTATE GROWING INDUSTRY, ENVIROMENTALISTS SAY HEAL Utah today strongly condemned Rocky Mountain Power’s bid to force rooftop solar owners to pay several new fees, policies that if approved promise to …

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Subscriber Solar

As you might have noticed, we here at HEAL can be pretty critical of our utility Rocky Mountain Power. We often highlight their reliance on coal-fire power and their attempts to undermine the development of independent renewables in Utah. You can read more about it in our infamous Brown Sky …

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NEWS: The western US grid is fragmented. Stitching it together is a no-brainer.

David Roberts June 2, 2016 Vox The US electricity sector is a bit of a mess. The deregulation that swept through it in the 1990s and early 2000s was brought to a screeching halt by the Enron debacle. That left about half of US states and three-quarters of US ratepayers …

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Op-Ed: In our opinion: Transitioning from coal to solar — Utah in the crosshairs

Deseret News Editorial May 31, 2016 Deseret News A public meeting this month on plans to adjust the manner in which federal coal mining leases are managed drew protests from miners and others who say the government has an agenda to destroy the coal industry. The same week, state officials …

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Op-Ed: We can go from fossil-fuel muck into the sunshine

Naomi Franklin The Salt Lake Tribune May 17 2016 When a majority of faculty senators voted to have the University of Utah move away from investments in the fossil fuel industry, a weight began to be lifted from Utah’s long-standing commitment to the business of extracting fossil fuels from our …

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