Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Rocky Mountain Power announced Tuesday it is launching an energy initiative that includes helping to put 20,000 electric cars on Utah highways and crafting the state’s first “zero” emissions community that taps into solar power and energy-efficient buildings.
The announcement was made at the state’s first Utah Air & Energy Symposium by Rocky Mountain Power’s CEO and President Cindy Crane, who said the utility company also wants to accelerate its debt obligations on coal-fired power plants operating in the state so it has more flexibility in a changing regulatory environment.
That flexibility may mean having a greater amount of money on hand to install technology to reduce emissions or the freedom to one day walk away from an “asset” that has become too burdensome to operate.
As the top electric utility provider in Utah, Rocky Mountain Power also wants to beef up the network of available charging stations for electric vehicles, especially concentrating on “rapid recharging” infrastructure ideal for large fleets or delivery drivers in a stop-and-go mode along the Wasatch Front.
Crane added that on “bad air” days during temperature inversions, the utility company will idle its 353-megawatt Gadsby power plant in Salt Lake City. (…)
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