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Blue Sky dollars available for green projects

Deseret News Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program is now accepting applications for funding awards for community-based renewable energy projects. Eligible projects may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, wave, low-emissions biomass, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal. This funding is available for projects in Rocky Mountain Power’s service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10…

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Advocates of renewable energy hail string of developments in Utah

Daily Journal Advocates of renewable energy are hailing three developments in Utah this week, including the unveiling of the Salt Lake City area’s first fast-charging station for electric cars. In addition, Scatec Solar announced plans to start construction later this year on an 80-megawatt solar plant in Iron County, which will be the state’s largest commercial solar field. And Utah Clean Energy was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy…

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Advocates of renewable energy cite progress in UT

Miami Herald Advocates of renewable energy are hailing three developments in Utah this week, including the unveiling of the Salt Lake City area’s first fast-charging station for electric cars. In addition, Scatec Solar announced plans to start construction later this year on an 80-megawatt solar plant in Iron County, which will be the state’s largest commercial solar field. And Utah Clean Energy was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy…

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OED Director Julian interviewed on KSL’s Doug Wright Show

Please click on this link to hear Director Samantha Mary Julian’s April 7 interview on the Doug Wright Show on KSL Radio.

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Earth Day Campaign Kicks Off New DEQ Blog

Judy Fahys – KUER Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality is launching a blog this week. It’s first posts focus on what they call the 12 days of Earth Day, leading into April 22. Amanda Smith is director of DEQ, and she’s kicking off the campaign. “We’re really excited about the blog because it’s the way people seem to be communicating now,” says Smith. “And it also is a way more…

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Utah gas prices among lowest in the nation

Deseret News It may not seem like it, but Utah motorists are getting a break at the pump this spring when compared to the rest of the country. The average price of gasoline in the Beehive State is the second lowest in the country at $3.32 per gallon, according to AAA Utah. Only Montana, at $3.29 per gallon, reported a lower average price than Utah. Each of the Utah cities…

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Utah embraces trio of renewable energy firsts

Amy Jo O’Donoghue – The Deseret News The direct current charging station has a 480-volt rate that is able to charge in 10 to 40 minutes and is a key step along the way to boosting the infrastructure for electric vehicle owners, McAdams said. Earlier in the week, Scatec Solar announced plans to start construction later this year on an 80-megawatt solar plant in Iron County — a first in that area….

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Questions Arise About Role of Methane in Uintah Basin Air Quality

Dan Bammes – KUER The Utah Division of Air Quality has just released the third in a series of studies on the winter ozone problem in the Uintah Basin. One goal of these studies has been to help avoid labeling the Uintah Basin as a non-attainment area for federal air pollution standards. That could lead to new restrictions on oil and gas development. And while the studies break new ground…

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Salt Lake County Unveils New Electric Vehicle Super Charging Station

Brian Grimmett – KUER Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams unveiled a brand new electric vehicle charging station today at the County Building. It’s the first publicly operated EV charging station in the valley. The new EV charging station located at about 21st South and State street will provide electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 a quick and convenient way to fully charge their vehicles while out…

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Book Cliffs highway could pave the way between Vernal and Moab

Mary Bernard – The Vernal Express Is a paved transportation corridor through the Book Cliffs likely to connect Uintah and Grand Counties in the future? Grand County Council Chairperson A. Lynn Jackson has sent a letter of inquiry to the Uintah County commission proposing a study of a Book Cliffs transportation route. In a letter dated March 19, the council proposes a feasibility study to improve a transportation route from…

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