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Grand County Council to hold public workshop Nov. 21 on Bishop public lands initiative Read more: Moab Times-Independent – Grand County Council to hold public workshop Nov 21 on Bishop public lands initiative

The Moab Times The Grand County Council will hold a council workshop on Friday, Nov. 21, at 9 a.m. to review the status and progress of Grand County’s input into U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop’s public lands bill initiative. The workshop will be held in the Grand County Council Chambers, 125 E. Center St., and will be open to the public. For the past several months a working group comprised of…

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A cleaner way to get petroleum out of oil sands

Erik Sherman – CBS The secret to business is buy low and sell high. Canadian holding company MCW Energy Group hopes to do that by economically separating the petroleum from oil sands and then selling it at market rates of double to triple the processing costs. The company uses a patented closed-loop technology that treats the sands with a solvent that helps remove the oil. The oil and solvent are…

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Rocky Mountain Power, Utah Food Bank Team On Refrigerator Recycling

Deseret News Old refrigerators can now help feed hungry Utah families. Rocky Mountain Power will now pay customers $30 for their refrigerator, or that money can be donated directly to Utah Food Bank. “Instead of guzzling up energy in your garage, an old fridge could help feed hungry Utah families,” said Rocky Mountain Power Demand-Side Management program manager Christopher Kanoff. “Rocky Mountain Power is excited to team up with Utah…

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Utah Heads The Best States For Business 2014

Kurt Badenhausen – Forbes The national unemployment rate recently dipped to 5.8%, a level last seen in July 2008, but the economic recovery has hardly been robust. Voters went to the polls last week and expressed their dissatisfaction. The economy is the most important factor for voters and seven out of 10 said  it is still in bad shape. Yet, pockets of the U.S. are prospering with strong business climates. You need…

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Feds list Gunnison sage grouse as ‘threatened’ under Endangered Species Act

Brett Prettyman – The Salt Lake Tribune The Gunnison sage grouse will be listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday. The listing was a downgrade from an earlier agency recommendation — and an acknowledgement of work by Native American tribes, private land owners and state wildlife officials in Colorado and Utah to cut threats to the bird in an effort…

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Energy West, UMWA ratify new contract

C.J. McManus – Sun Advocate Union employees at the Deer Creek Mine voted to ratify a newly proposed three year contract on Friday, ending over two years of labor negotiations with Energy West’s parent companies PacifiCorp and MidAmerican Energy. “This is a good contract,” said United Mine Workers of America International Vice President and contract negotiator Mike Dalpiaz. “After more than two years, I felt good about bringing this back…

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Oil shale conditional use permit expanded

Mary Bernard – Vernal Express Red Leaf Resources commercial oil shale production is proceeding in the construction of its EcoShale In-Capsule container in southern Uintah County. On Monday, Oct. 20, the Uintah County Commission approved a request by Ames Construction to amend an existing Conditional Use Permit for a man camp to add five more modular units. “This particular group is doing construction for Red Leaf,” said Matt Cazier, Uintah…

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California ISO, PacifiCorp launch first western energy market

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) and Portland-based PacifiCorp announced today that the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) went live on November 1. The real-time market is the first of its kind in the West. “Consumers across the West win one today as the Energy Imbalance Market is live, performing well and working to reduce costs to consumers,” said Steve Berberich, ISO President and CEO. “When combined with EIM’s inherent…

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Randy Shumway: The overwhelming potential of alternative energy

Randy Shumway – Deseret News In the last few years, advancements in drilling have enabled the U.S. to surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of natural gas. In addition, the U.S. now produces more wind and geothermal energy than any other country. Though alternative energy sources still have a way to go before they can fully compete with traditional energy options, advancements and innovation in alternative…

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Ormat Signs $22.3 Million Contract With UAMPS for Recovered Energy Generation Project

CNN Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary has entered into a $22.3 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS). Ormat will install an air-cooled Ormat Energy Converter at the Kern River Gas Transmission Company’s (“Kern River”) Veyo natural gas compressor station in southern Utah. Ormat’s energy converter will generate power using heat that would have otherwise gone to…

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