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A. Scott Anderson: Energy development can heal economic woes

A. Scott Anderson – Op-Ed for the Deseret News Energy development in Utah’s Uintah Basin is strengthening Utah’s economy. Nationally, energy development is one of the major factors — truly a bright spot — in the nation’s economic recovery. America enjoys the cheapest energy prices of any developed country, providing an important competitive advantage for many U.S industries. What’s more, America has the near-term opportunity to become energy self-sufficient, and…

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County PC considers changes to ordinances regulating ‘produced water’ facilities Read more: Moab Times-Independent – County PC considers changes to ordinances regulating produced water facilities

Rudy Herndon – The Times Independent While business is down sharply at the largest oil and gas wastewater treatment facility in Grand County, officials are preparing for the possibility of future growth in that industry. The Grand County Planning Commission began last week to review possible changes to county ordinances that regulate operations at “produced water” facilities. Produced water is a byproduct of oil and gas exploration and production; it…

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Massive green-energy project taps salt caverns near Delta

Ami Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News A massive $8 billion project that would produce more than double the amount of energy generated by Hoover Dam taps some of the most unique and deep salt caverns found in the world — just outside of Delta in Millard County. The salt domes for compressed air energy storage are the biggest structures of their kind west of the Mississippi and figure as central…

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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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