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State moves forward on federal public lands bid

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News The Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands moved the needle forward on the state’s commitment to wrest control of certain federal property within its borders, voting to approve a bid for outside legal analysis on the effort. In the Monday vote, commission members agreed to allow the request for proposals to be issued by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel for…

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Provo Municipal Council to consider renewable energy program for city

Genelle Pugmire – Daily Herald The Utah Municipal Power Agency is making available to its partner cities the opportunity to opt in on a renewable energy program, RenewChoice. The Provo Municipal Council will decide at its March 3 meeting whether to have the city opt in on the program. Cities eligible for RenewChoice include Provo, Levan, Manti, Nephi, Salem and Spanish Fork. If the council decides to take the opt…

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BLM oil and gas auction nets $342,000

Brian Maffly – The Salt Lake Tribune The Bureau of Land Management sold leases on all 17 parcels that remained of its quarterly oil and gas auction for Utah Tuesday. The auction brought in bids totaling $342,277, the biggest coming from the Cheyenne, Wyo.-based firm, Hoover & Stacy Inc. Last week, the BLM pulled back most of the acreage it proposed to lease for drilling in San Juan and Grand…

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Mayor Becker Issues Executive Order to Increase Energy Efficiency at City Facilities

SLC Green Blog Today Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker issued an Executive Order designed to maximize superior energy management at all Salt Lake City facilities. “We must lead by example,” said Mayor Becker. “By taking steps to actively monitor our energy use and improve the efficiency of city facilities, we will cut energy waste, improve air quality, protect our natural resources and ultimately save taxpayer dollars.” The order, which establishes…

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Utah’s public lands initiative to be unveiled March 27

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News The much-awaited, much-touted public lands initiative dubbed the “Grand Bargain” is slated to be released in draft form March 27, along with a map that carves out land-use designations for a huge chunk of eastern Utah. Utah’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday they are putting the final touches on the massive proposal, which involves a geographic blueprint covering 18 million acres of federal lands and…

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Salt Lake City to receive federal solar grant

Deseret News The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that the city will receive a major new solar energy grant that will help expand solar electricity in homes and businesses. Salt Lake City and Utah Clean Energy, partners on the grant application, will receive a $600,000 U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative competitive award under the Solar Market Pathways program, a national effort to help communities develop multiyear solar deployment…

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Drilling rigs lay down

Steve Puro – Uintah Basin Standard Newfield Exploration confirmed Friday, Jan. 23, the beginning of laying down drilling derricks in the Uintah Basin oil fields. Oil prices per barrel on the stock exchange reinforced that company decision on Friday as commodity oil futures reached a six-year low in trading prices. Newfield Exploration Corporate Communications Manager Cindy Hassler told the Uintah Basin Standard the move was in keeping with the company’s…

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Index indicates Utah economy thriving

Jasen Lee – Deseret News Utah’s economy is starting the year on an upward trend, a new report indicates. The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index climbed 4.1 points to 113.4 in January, rising above 110 for the second time in three months and signifying a thriving economy. Consumers have high confidence in current and future economic prospects, explained Zions Bank economic adviser Randy Shumway. The index registered 17.2 points…

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Sandy May be Testing Ground for New Waste-to-Energy Facility

Andrea Smardon – KUER A new company has a proposal to turn Sandy city’s household trash into electric energy. If approved, it would be the first facility of its kind in Utah. The Department of Environmental Quality is holding a hearing Thursday evening in Sandy to discuss the proposal. The idea is take Sandy’s trash, use a thermochemical process to convert it to methane, then burn the gas to generate…

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Utah Awards New Funding to Support NGVs and EVs

NGT News The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has awarded $700,000 in new grants and low-interest loans to nine entities under its Clean Fuels Grant and Loan Program. The funding will help support the purchase of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and electric vehicles (EVs), as well as increase alternative fuel infrastructure in the state. “I’m very pleased to be able to provide businesses, governments and several universities with funding…

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