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State officials laud low-sulfur fuel as key to air pollution fix

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News Conversion to low-sulfur fuel at the gas pump along the Wasatch Front is the best and cheapest fix to the nagging air pollution problem everyone wants solved, lawmakers were told Wednesday. The Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee hosted an interim discussion on the nation’s pending transition to so-called “Tier 3″ fuels — a move mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by…

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Envision Utah and Energy

Robin Saville, Kim Fischer – Good 4 Utah Utah is expected to grow by 2.5 million people by 2050—so where will we get our energy?  And will it be affordable?  And how will using more energy impact the environment and the air we breath? Envision Utah is working with citizens and community leaders to create a plan. “As individual consumers I think one of the things that is most important…

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Utah’s Trying to Fast-Track Clean Car, Clean Fuel

Judy Fahys – KUER State air-quality officials are still trying to bring next-generation clean cars and clean fuel to Utah. They told lawmakers Wednesday they are making headway. One reason they are so determined is that the federal Environmental Protection Agency says its new Tier 3 standards will do more to clean up air pollution on the Wasatch Front than anywhere else in the nation. State officials want these federal…

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Clean energy advocates showcase benefits of electric vehicles

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News Advocacy organizations are calling on the public and their elected representatives to embrace the smog-busting attributes of alternative vehicles — especially electric cars — by showcasing them Wednesday at an event outside Utah’s Capitol. Groups such as Utah Clean Energy want a five-year extension of the $1,500 annual tax credit on the purchase of electric vehicles and the implementation of a new financing…

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MCW demonstrates new technology in Uinta Basin

MCW equipment On Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, MCW Energy Group hosted a ribbon cutting on the newest Utah energy production site in Vernal, where the proprietary oil sands extraction technology was demonstrated. Touted as transformative, the patented process claims 99% closed-loop solvent recovery and zero water consumption, making it environmentally friendly, cost efficient and commercially viable. The ribbon-cutting event was attended by local dignitaries that included Vernal Mayor Norton and…

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Not much longer to go for old Carbon power plant

Patsy Stoddard – Sun Advocate The Carbon Plant just celebrated its 60th anniversary but probably won’t see another. This plant has not been brought into environmental compliance and will be decommissioned in 2015, according to Rocky Mountain Power President Richard Walje. Walje was in Price last week to brief the community and its leaders on the company’s situation in Castle Country. He said said they tried but were unable to…

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Opinion: Energy leadership scholars program provides unique research opportunities

Taylor Sparks, KSL Contributor – KSL.com As a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Utah, I have observed firsthand the benefits of Gov. Gary Herbert’s initiative known as the Utah Energy Research Triangle through one of its key components, the Governor’s Energy Leadership Scholars. The Utah Energy Research Triangle supports inter-university collaborative energy research focused on Utah-specific issues at both student and faculty levels. Two of…

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State releases status quo plan for two old, coal-fired power plants

Brian Maffly – The Salt Lake Tribune Utah environmental regulators on Wednesday unveiled a revised plan for clearing the skies over the state’s national parks, but to environmentalists’ dismay it would do nothing to further cut emissions from aging coal-fired power plants. Environmental groups and national park advocates had hoped the plan would require Rocky Mountain Power to retrofit two of its biggest Utah plants with the best technology available…

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Utah guv’s clean air advisers recommend cleaner-running cars, gas

Brian Maffly – The Salt Lake Tribune rastically cutting the emissions that ruin the Wasatch Front’s wintertime air quality should be a pain-free cinch, but only after Utahns start driving cleaner-burning automobiles using reduced-sulfur gasoline. Cutting the miles driven by 10 percent also would help cut pollution by up to 8 percent. Those are the leading “consensus” recommendations released Wednesday by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s Clean Air Action Team, empaneled…

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A. Scott Anderson: Energy development can heal economic woes

A. Scott Anderson – Op-Ed for the Deseret News Energy development in Utah’s Uintah Basin is strengthening Utah’s economy. Nationally, energy development is one of the major factors — truly a bright spot — in the nation’s economic recovery. America enjoys the cheapest energy prices of any developed country, providing an important competitive advantage for many U.S industries. What’s more, America has the near-term opportunity to become energy self-sufficient, and…

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