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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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Utah Business Leaders Announce Coalition to Build Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Andrea Smardon – KUER A group of Utah business leaders want to reduce pollution by encouraging more people to drive electric cars to work. They announced a new initiative at the state capitol Tuesday to help make that happen. Talley Goodson is the CEO of 3-Form, and he says air pollution is an obstacle to recruitment. “People are concerned about the long-term health implications of poor air quality here in…

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Business leaders launch electric vehicle initiative

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News As part of the push to curb Wasatch Front air pollution, a new nonprofit group has been launched to promote electric vehicles and boost the infrastructure for the vehicles by adding more charging stations. Leaders For Clean Air is made up of Utah-based businesses such as 3form, Backcounry.com, Black Diamond, Cubiscan, Ken Garf, Lancer Automotive Group, Packsize and Vivint — all of which have…

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Show UCAIR: Don’t idle your car

Utah Clean Air Partnership – KSL Whether we like it or not, inversion season is definitely here in Utah. It’s tough to see our beautiful valley covered in a thick blanket of smog, but there are small things we can all do to make a difference. From turning down your thermostat just a few degrees to taking transit, not burning wood and not idling, if everyone makes these small changes…

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Meeting maps out schedule to study net metering for solar

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News The Public Service Commission is going to launch a study to determine a full range of costs and benefits if Rocky Mountain Power were to charge a net metering fee for residents who are also plugged into rooftop solar systems. Before it embarks on that study, the utility company, solar power advocates and a host of others get to weigh in on what types…

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Google Backs Utah’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Alistair Barr – Wall Street Journal Google GOOGL -0.13% is backing another renewable energy project, this time with Norwegian power company Scatec Solar SSO.OS -3.45%. The two have teamed up to build Utah’s largest solar power plant. Google and Scatec, along with Prudential Capital Group, are investing about $188 million in the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park. When up and running at the end of 2015, the plant will generate roughly…

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‘Polluting’ electric vehicles? groups say that’s not true for Wasatch Front

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News A thought-provoking air quality study released this month gives car consumers a lot to ponder as they fill up the gas tank, plug in their vehicle or stop for a refueling at a compressed natural gas station. To be entirely environmentally friendly — in consideration of the full range of “life cycle” air pollution impacts — an electric vehicle that gets its charge from…

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