NEWS: Solar jobs growth hot in Utah, more than twice national average

Deseret News Amy Joi O’Donoghue Published: February 7, 2017   SALT LAKE CITY — A new report shows Utah’s solar industry was sizzling hot last year, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate — growing 65 percent from 2015 to 2016. Nationwide, 1 in every 50 jobs created …

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Op Ed: My view: Rocky Mountain Power looking out for all its customers

By David Eskelsen Published: January 15, 2017 Deseret News The Deseret News’ Dec. 20 editorial ignored some important distinctions in discussing the current debate over compensation and rates for electricity produced by residential customers who choose to install their own solar power systems. It’s reasonable for Deseret News to advocate …

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NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power says plant’s ‘research farm’ is perfectly safe

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune Dec 24 2016   Just below the Huntington Power Plant, a coal-fired generating station at the mouth of the eponymous central Utah canyon, agricultural plots spread out along the right bank of Huntington Creek. For the past four decades, these bucolic 250 acres have …

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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: Utah environmentalists decry ‘haphazard’ plan to build pipeline for mine wastewater

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tribune  Dec 10 2016 02:51PM   The permanent closure of PacifiCorp’s once-productive Deer Creek coal mine is nearing completion, but the utility still must figure out what to do with the millions of gallons of metals-laced water backing up in the Emery County mine. Currently, …

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NEWS: New deadline for solar customers axed by Public Service Commission

Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Dec. 9, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY — To the relief of the solar industry and Utah customers who buy rooftop systems after Friday, the Public Service Commission suspended a request by Rocky Mountain Power that new residential solar energy producers be subject to possible rate changes. The …

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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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Episode #62: The Attack on Utah Solar with Michael Shea

Matt chats with HEAL’s Policy Associate, Michael Shea, about a hugely critical campaign: Our efforts to defend the affordability of Rooftop Solar in Utah. They talk about the history of the issue, going back two years to when Rocky Mountain Power tried— and failed— to charge rooftop solar customers a $5 …

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OPINION: Editorial: Utah should go slow on ending clean energy tax benefits

Salt Lake Tribune November 18, 2016   A gathering stampede among members of the Utah Legislature to curtail or end state tax breaks for clean energy technologies is based on the idea that those industries are doing well and so no longer need the help. Maybe not. But our lungs …

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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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