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$1.75 million funds new electric vehicles for Salt Lake City

Katie McKellar – Deseret News Acknowledging summer air quality issues, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the city’s sustainability office are championing ongoing city efforts to reduce pollutants. As part of the 2015-16 budget, adopted by the Salt Lake City Council last month, seven new electric vehicles are being added to the city’s fleet this year to replace older, fuel-burning vehicles, according to a news release issued Thursday. Becker…

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How you can be a ‘clean air superhero’

Good4Utah The 7th Annual Clear the Air Challenge kicked off Wednesday, but it’s not too late to get involved. The Clear the Air Challenge will continue all month. The challenge urges Utahns to drive less and drive smarter. Salt Lake Comic Con is partnering up with the Salt Lake Chamber of commerce to take part. “We’re proud to support the Salt Lake Chamber and its partners in such an important cause,” said Dan…

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Nation’s renewable energy consumption highest since the 1930s

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News U.S. consumers are increasingly turning to solar, wind and biomass for their energy needs, driving domestic renewable energy consumption to its highest peak since the 1930s. A recent analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration — an independent research service of the U.S. Department of Energy — found that renewables’ share of the nation’s energy consumption hit 9.8 percent in 2014. That percentage, the…

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Study: UTA rail projects helped fuel economic growth

Lee Davidson – The Salt Lake Tribune Mass transit may aim mostly to move people efficiently and reduce traffic congestion and pollution. But a new study looking at Utah says rail expansion also attracted plenty of firms and development that created hundreds of jobs. “TRAX and FrontRunner rail lines are attributed with spurring development that has resulted in nearly 1,300 net new jobs generating over $66 million in income and…

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West Valley City’s Hunt Electric 1st to Sign Up for C-PACE Clean Energy Loan

Bob Nelson – KUER West Valley City has become the first municipality in Utah to set up the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE, program. Its intent is to encourage construction and building upgrades around clean energy use. Teresa Pinkal is an energy program specialist with the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. She says the program allows companies to make their commitment to clean energy use a reality. “It’s…

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Rocky Mountain Power to offer solar subscriber program

Sun Advocate Rocky Mountain Power plans to offer a new program that allows customers to subscribe to receive some or all of their electricity from the power of the sun. The Blue Sky subscriber solar program gives customers a choice to use solar even if they cannot afford rooftop solar panels or do not want them on their home. “The subscriber solar program provides a way to buy solar energy…

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Ute Tribe seeks to join lawsuit against BLM ‘fracking’ rule

Geoff Liesik – Deseret News The leadership of the Ute Indian Tribe announced Tuesday it will seek to join a federal lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management over the agency’s new rules on hydraulic fracturing. Calling the regulations “contrary to tribal interests,” members of the Ute Tribe Business Committee said they must take a stand against the new BLM rules —slated to take effect Wednesday — or risk “irreversible…

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Utah mine plans to beautify, make waste piles safer

Mike Gorrell – The Salt Lake Tribune Kennecott provided a peek Monday at company plans to handle new waste rock coming out of the Bingham Canyon mine in a more becoming and environmentally sensitive fashion. Over time, said Kennecott spokesman Kyle Bennett, the work could change the appearance of the mine’s huge waste dumps from yellow to brown/green. The $100 million project will involve scraping the toe of the lengthy…

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sPower Purchases Inaugural Wind Project, 62.1MW in Southeastern Utah

sPower Broadens Portfolio of Renewable Energy Projects, Invests in Home State of Utah sPower, a prominent renewable energy provider based in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced that it has acquired its first wind project, a 62.1MW facility in Monticello, Utah. The announcement is well timed, as last Monday was Global Wind Day, a worldwide event to celebrate the progress of clean, affordable wind energy. The project, located in San Juan…

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Brahma Group Enters JV With Hunt Electric To Provide Engineering, Procurement And Construction Services For Commercial And Industrial Solar Projects

Brahma Group, Inc., a world-class industrial construction, project management and maintenance company, and Hunt Electric, Inc., a leading electrical design-build and engineering company, have entered into an agreement for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of clean, renewable solar energy projects for Vivint Solar. Vivint Solar, a leading provider of residential solar energy systems in the United States, recently announced their expansion into the commercial and industrial markets. The Brahma…

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