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Poll finds large support for solar in Utah -- but state's main utility questions survey's soundness 3.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Three-quarters of Utahns oppose increasing electricity costs for rooftop solar customers, according to a survey commissioned by the Utah Solar Energy Association. And 76 percent of Utahns agree that Rocky Mountain Power’s recent proposal to change how it bills residential solar customers “unfairly discriminates against customers who are trying to reduce their reliance on energy from Rocky Mountain Power,” according to the poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates. But Paul Murphy, a spokesman fo...
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Survey finds large support for solar in Utah -- but state's main utility calls it a push poll 3.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Three-quarters of Utahns oppose increasing electricity costs for rooftop solar customers, according to a survey commissioned by the Utah Solar Energy Association. And 76 percent of Utahns agree that Rocky Mountain Power’s recent proposal to change how it bills residential solar customers “unfairly discriminates against customers who are trying to reduce their reliance on energy from Rocky Mountain Power,” according to the poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates. But Paul Murphy, a spokesman fo... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Letter: Rocky Mountain Power has it backwards 1.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Rooftop solar users — deriving power from clean, safe, renewable energy — help the common good by reducing harmful air pollution. That reduction has many beneficial effects. Cleaner air makes our our lives healthier, reduces medical costs, reduces lost work time and helps us better enjoy Utah’s scenic beauty — thereby supporting our vital tourism/outdoor recreation economy. Cleaner air means less planet-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. Less consumption of utility-generated energy places less w...
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Obama’s rush to the end 29.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Keeping track of rulemaking, policy decisions and other last actions before the Trump administration’s inauguration.
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Letter: Solar energy is our future, if the state doesn't get in the way 29.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
I am a two-time cancer survivor. Chemotherapy left me with reduced heart function — with cardiomyopathy. As I grow older, the weakening of my respiratory system becomes ever more evident. I have a personal interest in the quality of the air I breathe here in the Salt Lake valley — as do all who care for the welfare of our children, our grandchildren and our aging selves. Since moving here from Seattle 17 years ago, I have marveled at the blue skies and bright sunshine that grace our days. I thou...
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Letter: Don't let Rocky Mountain Power stifle solar 29.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power can keep Utahns from installing rooftop solar without even having to raise rates. Earlier this month, it asked the Utah Public Service Commission to allow a rate and fee increase for new rooftop solar customers, and its request comes with a shortened timeline, an insufficient cost-benefit analysis and no public hearing. Even though the commission is yet to determine whether RMP will be successful in its 2014 proposal to raise fees and increase rates for solar customers,...
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Letter: Solar surcharge will damage the environment 27.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
When I was a county commissioner in Summit County I worked with Chad Ambrose as a liaison to Rocky Mountain Power. It was a pleasant experience. Rocky Mountain Power also made a very generous donation of $3,000 to our Park Record newspaper digitization project. So, while I have every reason to be grateful to them, I’m quite disturbed about their fast track request to add a surcharge to those who care enough to install photovoltaic solar panels on their roofs. Most people join in the rooftop sol...
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Letter: Colorado can teach us about solar energy 24.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Tribune’s editorial on Rocky Mountain Power’s new anti-competitive proposal to hike fees for solar customers hits on an important point: Rocky Mountain Power should not be the one calling the shots on Utah’s energy future (“We still haven’t figured out true value of rooftop solar,” Nov. 11). The new solar fees are part of a concerted effort by monopoly electric utilities nationwide to head off competition from rooftop solar power, which threatens industry profits. Rather than rush to appro... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Editorial: Utah should go slow on ending clean energy tax benefits 19.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
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 still do. The point of tax breaks is not always to help a particular business or industry do well. It’s to encourage people to do things that benefit the state as a whole. Government action to encourage the use of rooftop solar and low- or no-emissions cars ma...
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Use our calculator to estimate your power bill under Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to charge more for solar 19.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
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CU Boulder team to launch space weather tracker 19.11.2016 Denver Post: Business
The world is about to know a lot more about space weather, thanks to a team of scientists and engineers from the University of Colorado Boulder, when the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) "instrument suite" is launched into space on Saturday.
Letter: Speak out about solar power 18.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power is attempting to implement a rate schedule that would drastically increase the monthly energy cost for households with rooftop solar panels. The monthly rate increase effectively punishes alternative power users and eliminates the incentive for consumers to invest in clean and independent energy. In doing so it threatens the economic and environmental benefits solar power brings to the state — and also ignores the significant personal investment already required of solar po...
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Op-ed: Clean energy has come a long way in Utah, and still has far to go 18.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
In 2001, when California was in the throes of an energy crisis with rolling blackouts and skyrocketing energy prices, I looked at my young son and promised I would do everything possible to create a better future for him and his generation. Shortly after, a small group of smart, passionate Utahns began to tackle clean energy issues and work to transform the way energy was generated and consumed across the state — with clean, renewable energy, wise energy investments and smart planning for the fu...
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Tesla, SolarCity merger get shareholder approval 18.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Tesla Motors got approval from investors to combine with SolarCity Corp. in an effort to expand the market for solar power and give electric car owners new options for solar charging. Shareholders of both companies backed the merger by a wide margin Thursday. Tesla said 85 percent of shareholders who voted approved the deal. The deal, first proposed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk proposed in June, has had more of a mixed reaction on Wall Street. Analysts wondered why Tesla would want to take on SolarCit...
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Utah lawmakers: Time to take 'training wheels' off booming solar industry, retire tax credit 18.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Green energy tax credits could be up for a fight in the coming legislative session. A proposal to extend tax credits for electric and other alternative fuel vehicles garnered a favorable recommendation this week, but only by a narrow margin. And another committee recommended phasing out a state tax credit for residential solar installations, which is projected to take a toll on the state budget in 2016 — $20 million, up from less than $1 million annually, as Utah experiences a boom of solar inst...
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Tesla, SolarCity shareholders voting on merger 17.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will learn Thursday if shareholders support his plan to merge with SolarCity Corp. after a lengthy debate over the merits of the deal. Musk says the combination will create a one-stop shop for solar panels and electric cars. Shareholders of both companies are scheduled to vote Thursday afternoon at two separate meetings near the companies’ California headquarters. The all-stock deal was worth $2.6 billion when the companies approved it in August, but their shares have ...
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Letter: Don't let RMP penalize solar users 16.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power quietly submitted a request to penalize Utah residents who are using or who wish to use solar power for their homes. Without public input or hearing they are trying to make the cost of solar unattractive for those who care about the environment. Solar power accounts for about 1 percent of the total power generated in Utah and currently employs over 3,300 folks. Those who wish to improve the environment and help clean our air should not be penalized. I urge our elected offi...
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Letter: Rocky Mountain Power's anti-solar money-grab 15.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power’s money-grab (“Rocky Mountain Power could charge solar households more through new rate calculation proposal,” The Tribune, Nov. 9) ensures that no new Utah solar installation can ever break even on upfront investment. Their solar penalty rationale runs contrary to clean energy initiatives nationwide, covering 20% of our population where renewable energy policies produce economic stimulus and clean air benefits. Solar power opponents claim that incentivizing subsidies for re...
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For fossil fuel-reliant towns, a solar alternative grows 15.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A rural solar movement is growing, which focuses on local resilience.
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Op-ed: Rocky Mountain is committed to solar and to customer fairness 12.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The benefits of solar power are many, including the environmental attributes pointed to in a Tribune op-ed (“Rooftop solar’s worth? Don’t Forget value of saving Earth,” Nov. 6). Solar has grown exponentially in Utah over the past few years, and rooftop solar has played a part in that growth. But HEAL Utah’s suggestion that the way to realize Utah’s vast solar potential and its benefits is to continue to require customers to subsidize private rooftop solar panels. The vast majority of solar energ...
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