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Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation

Krista Langlois – High Country News The last time the United States updated its energy strategy, the iPhone didn’t exist. George W. Bush was still president. And the energy landscape looked entirely different than it does today: The cost of putting solar panels on your roof wastwice as expensive, and the U.S. only produced about 5 million barrels of crude oil a day, compared to around 9.5 million today. “I…

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Utah transit leaders take a test ride on an electric bus

Lee Davidson – The Salt Lake Tribune A salesman for the California-based Proterra electric bus company asked a crowd of about 40 leaders from transit and government agencies where they wanted to ride to test the vehicle. “If you want to show what it can do, head up to the State Capitol,” suggested John Inglish, former CEO of the Utah Transit Authority. The bus — packed nearly full and with…

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EV chargers in Zion a step toward a cleaner Southern Utah Read more: Iron County Today – EV chargers in Zion a step toward a cleaner Southern Utah

Alexa V. Morgan – Iron County Today Earlier this year, Zion National Park made history by becoming the first park in Utah to make electric vehicle charging stations available to visitors. And with 200,000 EVs currently on U.S. roads, park officials view the project as the start of a trend of “green” investments in Southern Utah’s future. “Our hope is that by building and installing the infrastructure in Southern Utah,…

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Cooling Off: Cutting back on summer energy bills

Danielle Downs – Daily Herald It’s no surprise energy consumption is heavily influenced by weather. And with historically soaring temperatures July and August are, on average, the highest energy-consumption months for Utah County residents. The Daily Herald sat down with Springville City Electric Department Director Leon Fredrickson to discuss what residents can do to cut back their energy consumption and, subsequently, slash their summer energy bills. In 2015, Springville hit…

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BLM seeks public input on proposed potash project

Deseret News The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on a potash project proposed for Millard County. The BLM will prepare an environmental impact statement for the Sevier Playa potash project planned for BLM and state lands. An open house is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Millard County School District Board Room, 285 E. 450 North, Delta. Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 31….

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Vivint Solar announces acquisition by SunEdison for $2.2B

Karissa Neely – Daily Herald Lehi-based provider of residential solar systems, Vivint Solar, announced a merger Monday morning with SunEdison, Inc., the world’s largest renewable energy development company. SunEdison will acquire Vivint Solar for approximately $2.2 billion, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. According to a joint press release, SunEdison has also entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary…

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State approves tar sands mine, requires water monitoring

Brady McCombs – The Spectrum Utah state officials have given the go-ahead for a tar sands mine under construction the eastern flank of the state, but they will require the company to do water and air quality monitoring in a move environmentalists are calling a victory. Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining director John Baza said Monday that his decision addresses concerns raised by opposition while acknowledging that U.S….

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Energy Contest Highlights Efficiency, Lower Pollution

Judy Fahys – KUER Mayor Ralph Becker’s office recognized five Salt Lake City organizations this week for helping clean up the air by reducing emissions from their buildings. Cameron Faddis is facilities director for Basic Research, a company that manufactures beauty and nutritional products near the airport. He’s showing off one of the motors that basically turns sun into electric power. “This is the inverter for the photovoltaic system…,” he…

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BLM seeking input on Alton Coal mine expansion

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News The Bureau of Land Management is once again reaching out to the public for comment on a proposal to expand Utah’s only surface coal mining operation — a controversial pitch because of potential impacts to sage grouse, nearby national parks and monuments and air quality. At the same time Alton Coal wants to boost its operation by more than 3,500 acres, the federal agency…

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Utah National Guard saving millions with solar energy

Jed Boal – Deseret News The power of the sun is turning into savings for the Utah National Guard and Utah’s taxpayers. At the south end of Camp Williams, nearly 4,000 solar panels are generating about a quarter of the facility’s energy needs. “We believe in being good stewards of all of our resources,” said Brig. Gen. Dallen Atack, assistant adjutant general with the Utah National Guard. “This is an…

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