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Governor names Alan Matheson to lead Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Brian Maffly – The Salt Lake Tribune Alan Matheson figures his undergraduate degree in international relations will serve him well in his new job as director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. “I know people are passionate about matters of the environment. By some degree, I’m being thrown into a cauldron of controversy,” Matheson said Monday, moments after Gov. Gary Herbert announced his nomination to succeed Amanda Smith as…

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Utah Governor to Host Colorado Governor, Industry Leaders at Energy Summit

Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert will advance the dialogue on critical energy issues facing the west and the nation when he hosts the fourth annual Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit May 20-21 in Salt Lake City, Utah presented by the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development. “Utah’s energy sector is an important part of our state economy,” said Gov. Herbert. “The Energy Development Summit provides an important opportunity to explore…

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Zion National Park charges into future with electric vehicle charging stations Read more: Iron County Today – Zion National Park charges into future with electric vehicle charging stations

Corey Baumgartner – Iron County Today Utah continues to be on the forefront of technology and renewable energy sources as Zion National Park made history in 2014 by being the first park in Utah to install electric vehicle charging stations. On April 24, Zion continued its charge into a more sustainable future by celebrating a new charging station located at the Kolob Canyon visitor’s center near New Harmony. Leading the…

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Trib Talk: Utah coal to be exported to Asia?

Jennifer Napier-Pearce – The Salt Lake Tribune Four Utah counties want to invest in an export hub in Oakland, Calif., in order to ship coal and other resources abroad. Proponents say it would open up new markets for these rural counties; critics say shipping coal to developing nations is irresponsible both for the global environment and local taxpayers. On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., Dr. Laura Nelson with the Governor’s Office…

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Energy Department Announces Project Selections in First Phase of Cutting-Edge Enhanced Geothermal Systems Effort

Energy.gov As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced five projects selected for a total of $2 million for the first part of the multiphase Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) effort. This field laboratory, dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), could unlock access to a domestic, geographically diverse, and carbon-free source of clean energy with the potential to…

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Utah invests $53 million in California port for coal, other exports

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News Millions of tons of Utah coal will have a secure shipping port from a former Army base in Oakland, California, under a $275 million deal being brokered among multiple parties. Four Utah counties — Sevier, Emery, Carbon and Sanpete — have already secured a $53 million low-interest loan from the state’s Community Impact Fund Board to assure that Utah exports, notably coal, have a…

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Zion, Pipe Spring join push for electric cars

David DeMille – The Spectrum Visitors can now join Zion National Park rangers in an effort to promote clean air and clear skies by taking the wheel behind an electric vehicle to visit the park. Park officials from Zion and Pipe Spring National Monument joined with local elected leaders Saturday to celebrate the opening of two new level-two electric vehicle charging stations at the entrance to the Kolob Canyons Visitor…

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Student explores the energy potential of sewer plants

Becky Wright – Standard Examiner Caid Lunt is, in many ways, a typical high school senior. He was part of the Weber High swimming team, and is looking forward to graduating. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing and running experiments at the sewage plant. “Truly, I love working at the sewage plant,” Lunt said. So, not entirely typical. Lunt has been working on a science fair project at…

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Amanda Smith leaving as head of Utah Department of Environmental Quality to pursue job opportunities in the private sector

Brian Maffly – The Salt Lake Tribune A woman at the center of some of Utah’s most pressing environmental challenges — from the waste we store to the air we breathe and the water we drink — is leaving her post. Utah Department of Environmental Quality Executive Director Amanda Smith will step down next month after six years on the job, Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday. Smith, a former Nature…

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Tracy Aviary Unveils New Solar Trees

Nicole Nixon – KUER Officials and dignitaries cut the ribbon on a new solar project at Tracy Aviary today as a celebration of Earth Day. They’re called solar trees and they’re made of two 20-foot limbs which each support a solar panel. The two solar trees at Tracy Aviary are painted pink to match the flamingos, whose habitat rests beneath the new panels. Tim Brown is the executive director of…

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