Proud Yet Aggravated: The ’17 State Leg Session

Utah’s short State Legislative session is both a curse and a blessing. While we often wish we had more time to convince legislators of the value of protecting our health and the environment and of working toward clean air and clean energy, fewer days also means fewer troubling pieces of …

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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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NEWS: Utah solar industry gives up fight over tax credit for rooftop installs

Salt Lake Tribune By: Emma Penrod Published:  February 2, 2017   State lawmakers and officials from Utah’s solar industry have reached an agreement for phasing out tax credits for residents installing rooftop arrays, partly by increasing those incentives while they are still available. Many said they have mixed feelings about …

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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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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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LTE: Corporations must pay for infrastructure, too

David Vialpando Salt Lake Tribune Dec 13 2016 So Rocky Mountain Power has proposed a rate hike for solar users. Their argument to the Public Service Commission is: Even though customers may not be continually drawing power from the power grid owned and operated by Rocky Mountain Power, it is …

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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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Free Climate Movie Monday! (And a Secret NYE Party)

The snow-capped Wasatch out the office window beckon us to come play, but as you’ll see below, work is keeping us plenty busy! Here’s a few quick hits from HEALopolis: * Free Climate Film at Library Monday! HEAL along with several other groups is co-sponsoring a showing of the new …

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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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