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SolarCity Competitor Vivint Solar Sets IPO Terms

Brian Deagon – Investors.com Vivint Solar, a competitor to Elon Musk-backed SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY), announced terms Thursday for an IPO that seeks to raise $350 million. The Provo, Utah-based company plans to offer 20.6 million shares at a price range of 16-18. At the midpoint, Vivint Solar would have a market value of $2 billion. SolarCity, which made its initial public offering on Dec. 12, 2012, has a market cap above $6 billion. SolarCity’s IPO priced at…

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Energy Department Recognizes University of Utah in Better Buildings Challenge

Department of Energy As part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, the Energy Department recognized the University of Utah today for its leadership in energy efficiency and for reducing energy use by 40 percent in a historic campus building, saving the University $57,000 a year. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the university upgraded the 42-year-old Dumke Health Professions Education Building and is on track to meet an energy reduction goal of…

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Tier 3 Standards Will Help Clean Utah Air

Glade Sowards – Department of Environmental Quality There’s been a lot of buzz in Utah lately about Tier 3—shorthand for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Program. When a geeky name like Tier 3 becomes a household word that’s used not only by us policy wonks but by Governor Herbert, mayors, legislators, radio talk-show hosts, and even soccer moms and dads—well, you know something’s up….

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Rocky Mountain Power to host renewable energy tour

Deseret News Rocky Mountain Power customers are invited to join the 2014 Blue Sky Renewable Energy Project Tour. The tour will take place Oct. 4 and stop by several solar projects funded in part by Blue Sky customers. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Natural History Museum of Utah’s Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold facility with more than 1,300…

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USU researchers blazing trails with car fueled by algae, safflower seeds

Mike Anderson – The Deseret News Utah State University researchers are using the Bonneville Salt Flats to market what they believe is the fuel of the future: a biofuel made with algae and safflower seeds. For some, salt is the stuff dreams are made of. “Racing on the salt is something I’ve been wanting to do for probably 35 years,” Steve Menendez said Monday. Menendez came from St. Louis, Missouri,…

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Energy summit a success

Mary Bernard – Vernal Express The 2014 Uinta Basin Energy Summit could have been subtitled the “Promise of Ethical Energy.” Whether discussing the resources, the communities or the environment – the message of “doing the right thing” – was pervasive on Thursday, Sept. 4′s annual summit. Some 750 to 800 members of industry and local officials crowded into the Western Park convention center to hear the oft repeated theme. Lt….

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U of U Energy Upgrade in Health Professions Building Recognized by DOE

Bob Nelson – KUER Thursday the University of Utah became the first organization in the state to be recognized by the Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge. A recently completed project cut energy consumption by more than 40 percent in the Dumke Health Professions Education Building. It houses the Departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Neurobiology and Anatomy with classrooms and labs. Myron Willson is the director of the Sustainability…

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My View: Energy development fuels Uintah Basin economy

Dr. Laura Nelson, Ph.D. – Op-Ed for the Deseret News Responsible energy development is a key part of the Utah economy, and it is a driving force behind growth in the Uintah Basin. Our current energy boom is driven by market conditions as well as a technological revolution that has come in the form of new drilling and well-stimulation techniques. Energy is creating high-paying jobs. Energy jobs in Utah account…

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Uintah Basin Energy Summit is Thursday

Kevin Ashby – Uintah Basin Standard The annual Uintah Basin Energy Summit will feature powerful speakers on topics relating to the oil and gas economy in the Uintah Basin. The summit, set for Sept. 4 at Western Park in Vernal, will feature Phelim McAleer, director for the documentary “Frack Nation,” as well as Jack Gerard, CEO and president of the American Petroleum Institute, and Rich Walje, president and chief executive officer…

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Public Service Commission Rejects Proposed Solar Metering Fee

Terry Gildea & Bob Nelson – KUER The Utah Public Service Commission rejected on Friday a request from Rocky Mountain Power to institute a metering fee of more than four dollars a month on customers who generate their own power trough solar panels.  Commission officials ruled that the private power provider did not present enough evidence to prove the proposed fee was just and reasonable.  Matt Pacenza is a policy director…

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