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University of Utah electric bus runs on a wireless charge

Annie Knox – The Salt Lake Tribune A $2.7 million battery-powered bus is ferrying students and others from downtown to the U. And it doesn’t need cables to do it. The new wireless charging system removes many of the hangups associated with electric buses: Their batteries weigh up to five tons and force drivers to fumble with wires. “That’s always been the Achilles’ heel of battery vehicles,” Matt Sibul, chief…

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Thousands gather at coal rally

C.J. McManus – Sun Advocate More than 5,000 citizens came together on Oct. 23 at the Carbon County Events Center to sign a petition against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, and discuss its negative impact on the local economy. The Southeastern Utah Energy Producers Association and Friends of Coal put together an event aimed at educating the public while entertaining their families. Hosted by “At Your Leisure’s”…

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Air Quality: Going Electric a Great Green Alternative

Mat Carlile – DEQ Utah will be celebrating Alternative Fuel Vehicle Awareness Month in November, making it the perfect time to learn more about electric vehicles (EVs)—and even consider joining the growing number of car buyers who have made the switch to this zero-emission, energy-efficient vehicle option. EVs are becoming more popular,  due in part to recent advances in technology and infrastructure that have extended their driving range and made…

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Governor Asks for Cleaner Gasoline

Dan Bammes – KUER Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking Utah’s oil refineries to produce cleaner gasoline.  But it may be years before they’re actually ready to do that. In an op-ed piece that appeared in Saturday’s Salt Lake Tribune, Governor Gary Herbert said he’d met with the management of the oil refineries in Utah and asked them to gear up to produce so-called Tier 3 gasoline.  That has a…

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Supporters gather for fossil fuels rally in Carbon County

Daniel Woodrull – KUTV (KUTV) Several thousand people rallied in Carbon County for fossil fuels and against a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. That rally at the Price Fairgrounds Thursday evening aimed to send a message loud and clear to Washington, D.C. that people here feel under attack by the federal government. They say the fossil fuel industry isn’t as bad as it’s portrayed. Dennis Ardohain, who…

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Utah improves score in national rankings on energy efficiency

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News Utah moved up one notch in an annual, national ranking of state policies on energy efficiency, surpassing several neighbors in its middle-of-the-pack score. The annual report card that put the state at No. 23 in the nation is done by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which scores states on a broad group of policies in place that speak to wise energy…

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Despite outcry, scenic Grand County joins coalition with energy counties

Brian Maffly – The Salt Lake Tribune Following a heated Grand County Council meeting Tuesday, council members voted to join other counties that are pooling their clout to amass funding for a highway to haul crude oil and other development seen as vital to the economic future of eastern Utah. The council, in voting 6 to 1 to join the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, overruled intense opposition from Moab and…

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Daggett County lands compromise touted as model for nation

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – The Deseret News A compromise reached on contentious, decades-old land disputes in Daggett County will be incorporated into a lands bill in Congress and could serve as the template for how the rest of the country strikes a balance between conservation and resource development. During a Wednesday announcement of the deal brokered under the direction of Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Daggett County Commissioner Jerry Steglich said…

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Fossil fuels rally planned for Thursday in Price

Geoff Liesik – The Deseret News Organizers say they hope to draw as many as 10,000 people to a Thursday night rally that’s meant to educate the public about the benefits of continuing to develop Utah’s fossil fuel reserves. “We want to see these bleachers absolutely packed full of people,” Karra Hillam said Wednesday while making last-minute preparations for Utah’s first Coal and Fossil Fuel Rally. The primary purpose of…

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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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