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Category: Renewable Energy :: Solar
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Utah commission rejects proposed fee for solar homes 30.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Public Service Commission on Friday rejected Rocky Mountain Power’s request to impose a monthly “facilities charge” on its small, but growing number of customers who generate electricity on their rooftops. The ruling was immediately hailed as a victory for advocates of renewable energy sources. “What a bright day for Utah’s future. This order protects energy choice in Utah, and recognizes the potential solar has to benefit all Utahns,” said Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clea...
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Here comes the sun: Montbello school to be recipient of solar energy 29.8.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Chatting with students Thursday at Academy 360 in Denver's Montbello neighborhood, Mayor Michael Hancock made a little confession: he shared in their wonderment regarding solar energy.
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Letter: RMP owes solar users a rebate? 26.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Yesterday, I paid my power bill from Rocky Mountain Power, and I took the time to look closely at the charges. The very first was: “Basic charge - single phase: $5.” This is a charge for all ratepayers, to cover such things as transmission wires, power generation plant repairs and other overhead costs. Customers, including those with electricity-generating solar panels, must pay this fee, so asking them to pay an additional fee is an obvious duplication. Because their excess power which goes bac...
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APS plan to offer free solar faces critics 26.8.2014 azcentral.com | business
APS plan to offer free solar faces ...
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Salt River explores how to integrate more rooftop solar 25.8.2014 azcentral.com | business
Salt River explores how to integrate more rooftop ...
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Investing: How to fit a wind farm into your portfolio 23.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
You can now fit a wind or solar farm into your portfolio, even if your portfolio isn’t exactly vast. Energy companies are wrapping renewable energy projects and other power-related assets that generate steady cash into new companies they hope attract investors hunting for dividends. In an unfortunate victory for corporate speak, they are called yieldcos. They’re the electric power industry’s answer to real estate investment trusts, which distribute rental income to investors, and master limited...
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Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air 19.8.2014 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
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Australia may cut renewables as solar project falters 18.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Tokyo • Plans to build the world’s largest solar power plant of its kind have been scrapped in Australia after the developers questioned the government’s commitment to clean energy. Solar Systems said it suspended plans for a 100-megawatt plant in the Australian state of Victoria. The plant, which would have used concentrating photovoltaic technology to intensify the power of the sun, would have been three times larger than any currently commissioned projects, according to data compiled by Bloom...
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Solar plants are scorching, killing birds in mid-air 18.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Ivanpah Dry Lake, Calif. • Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a ...
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Arizona's biggest companies faring well 17.8.2014 azcentral.com | business
Arizona's public companies are maturing and prospering. Freeport-McMoRan leads the ...
Letter: Utah could be an energy innovator if leaders wanted 13.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The other day I noticed a small note in the Tribune that Wyoming has given approval to a wind farm. Evidently, the Industrial Siting Council of Wyoming had the good sense and mind you, without a single negative vote, to give approval to a 1,000-turbine wind farm that will produce enough energy to power 1 million homes. Yes, that is one million! I also read Andrea Brunelle’s column (“Just pay the fee and go solar,” August 10) describing her venture into solar energy and the good fortune she had i...
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Goldwater gets energy-efficient lights, courtesy of federal stimulus 10.8.2014 azcentral.com | business
Institute critical of federal stimulus uses energy-efficient lights paid for by the ...
Sound off: West Valley's future with solar energy 5.8.2014 azcentral.com | Arizona Elections
Given the downturn in the industry, is solar still a good bet for the West Valley in terms of jobs and business ...
What’s rooftop solar power worth? Not much, utility says 4.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
As winter heads toward spring every year, the electrical output from the solar array atop David Bennett’s Park City home climbs while his power usage declines with the lengthening days. As a result, Bennett “banks” hundreds of kilowatt hours with Rocky Mountain Power to cover his power needs when the sunshine isn’t pouring into his photovoltaic panels. But on March 31, the end of the annual billing cycle, the utility zeroes out such “net metered” accounts, meaning these customers often forfeit ...
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How to fit a wind farm into your portfolio 3.8.2014 Denver Post: Business
You can now fit a wind or solar farm into your portfolio, even if your portfolio isn't exactly vast.
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Carroll: Pueblo's lesson for the EPA 2.8.2014 Denver Post: Opinion
Federal regulators brought their road show to Denver last week to find out what people think of their plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.
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Pyle: Non-solar houses have a cost, too 2.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
I must apologize to my fellow Rocky Mountain Power customers for being a totally selfish ass. Because of the way my family gets its electricity, we are shifting an unfair burden onto the undeserving backs of many households around Utah that have a different way of powering their homes. Shame on us. Because we’ve been too cheap to pop for a rooftop solar power system, we are doing more than we should to fill the air with carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and other nasty chemicals. Jerks. Of course...
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Letter: Solar fee meant to protect coal 31.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) is asking the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC) for permission to add a monthly charge of $4.65 to those who have installed solar panels. These panels produce electricity using the sun as an energy source. Any surplus electricity generated is sold back to RMP, and the customer pays a monthly net energy charge. The utility claims this charge is needed to pay for maintenance on their grid and other capital expenses. But their real reason remains hidden. They do not wa...
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Commission hears debate over solar power fee 30.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
For Barry Goldwater Jr., a clean energy economy is arriving in the form of efficient, low-cost photovoltaics and utilities that fail to embrace this innovation risk “getting run over by the future.” But the former Republican California congressman contends Rocky Mountain Power and other utilities are flexing their monopoly power to stifle the expansion of rooftop solar to preserve an outdated business model. “If you tax something, you’re going to have less of it,” Goldwater said at a rally Tuesd...
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Arizona utility wants to install rooftop systems 30.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Phoenix • A major Arizona utility wants to install rooftop solar panels on thousands of homes for free. If approved by state regulators, the request filed Monday by Arizona Public Service Co. would allow the Phoenix-based company to partner with installers to put rooftop systems on 3,000 homes. The proposal would help the company satisfy the Arizona Corporation Commission’s mandates for renewable energy use, and the company said its proposal also would provide access to solar for consumers who ...
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