Clean energy shines at Utah Legislature

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — With only a few days left before the close of business at the Utah Legislature, clean energy advocates made a renewed call for passage of key legislation and trotted out the premier players behind renewable energy projects in Utah.

First Wind, the company behind the state’s largest wind farm, is now embarking on seven solar projects in Iron and Beaver counties, while Energy Capital Group is pursuing development of what is touted to be Utah’s largest commercial solar field in Millard County.

“The clean energy sector in Utah is alive and thriving,” said Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy and organizer of the first Clean Energy Business Day at the Capitol on Monday.

In addition to the exhibit showcasing renewable energy companies or products, the event underscored the importance of key pieces of legislation left to be adopted, including measures that would improve the availability of electric charging stations and bolster state tax credits for certain “clean” vehicles.

Wright noted that lawmakers this year embraced a “landmark” legislative session on clean energy issues, with more than two dozen bills dealing with renewable energy, electric vehicles or air quality. (…)

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