NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power helping to restore Utah tax breaks on solar panels, but is the utility just looking out for itself?

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune February 8th, 2018 After years of discord, Rocky Mountain Power is siding with solar industry advocates’ in a push to reinstate Utah’s residential solar tax credits. But tensions have already emerged between the unlikely allies. If you ask Rocky Mountain Power, Utah’s largest provider of…

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Commentary: Utah undervalues citizen-supplied solar power

Craig J. Provost Salt Lake Tribune December 23, 2017   Previous commentaries in the Tribune have made the conjecture that non-solar customers are subsidizing Solar owners. This is a biased and unproven assumption. Several studies by Public Utility Commissions in other states have found that solar providers offer numerous benefits…

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NEWS: Auditors find room for improvement in energy incentive efforts

Art Raymond Deseret News 11/14/2017 SALT LAKE CITY — A state legislative audit released Tuesday says a lack of accountability has created a rift of gray area between energy-related tax credits that have been claimed versus ones actually earned. And the revenue impacts of energy incentive programs — some $74…

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NEWS: Op-ed: Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day by keeping up the momentum in Utah

Kevin Emerson and Kenner Kingston Deseret News 10/04/2017 Today is Energy Efficiency Day, a nationwide day to recognize and celebrate this abundant, cost-effective energy resource. Energy efficiency is a Utah ethic and a priority for our state. As a community, we save money and use energy resources wisely when we…

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NEWS: All sides praise solar net metering compromise

Glen Beeby Good4Utah 10/04/2017 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Governor Herbert gathered at the capitol with utility and solar leaders to praise a compromise reached on net metering. What price solar customers will get in the future remains to be seen. Net metering allows customers with solar or…

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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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NEWS: Solar groups and utility made a deal because ‘in Utah, we do things differently’

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 10/05/2017 Utah’s recent net metering settlement, negotiated by solar industry leaders and the state’s largest electric utility, is a shining example of using dialogue to solve seemingly intractable problems, according to Gov. Gary Herbert. “Differing opinions is not necessarily a bad thing,” Herbert said at…

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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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NEWS: Utah regulators approve end of net metering, beginning of new deal for Rocky Mountain Power solar customers

Emma Penrod The Salt Lake Tribune 9/30/2017 Advocates for solar power in Utah were catching their breath Friday after receiving word that state regulators have approved a settlement intended in part to preserve the viability of the state’s solar industry. The settlement, approved unanimously by the state Public Service Commission…

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NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power, other parties defend plan to raise Utah power bills to pay for solar power

Emma Penrod Salt Lake Tribune 9/19/2017 State regulators have the future of Utah’s solar power industry in their hands — and, possibly, the future of your household electric bill — after a brief Monday hearing. In public testimony early Monday, a representative of Rocky Mountain Power warned it could walk…

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