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Nation, Utah nervously await coal ash rule from EPA

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News It is the nation’s second-largest industrial waste stream and more than 2.3 million tons of it are generated each year in Utah, left to operators to truck and bury without disposal oversight by government. In a Tennessee disaster six years ago, more than a billion tons of coal ash were released in a site failure, despoiling two rivers and releasing material five times that…

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Utah Clean Air: Making the SLC air easier and safer to breathe

KSL KSL and Utah Clean Air have joined together to promote ways to make the air easier and safer to breathe, suggesting simple things Utahns can do daily to decrease Salt Lake City’s pollution problems. And looking at the skies on Wednesday certainly added urgency for clearing up the air. There was moderate air quality at best, and the air will only continue to worsen in the days and months…

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Nearly $1B Available for PACE Projects in 2014

Katherine Tweed – Green Tech Property-assessed clean energy loan (PACE) programs for both residential and commercial sectors are booming in 2014, with much more growth to come in 2015. California has completed about $500 million in residential PACE projects for around 25,000 homes, according to PACENow, a nonprofit that promotes the PACE concept. The commercial market has closed about $100 million in completed projects, with another $400 million in the…

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Low Gas Prices Help Consumers, Hurt Utah’s Energy Industry

Judy Fahys – KUER Gas prices are tumbling, thanks to a glut of petroleum on the world market. That may be great for consumers, but it’s tough for Utah’s petroleum industry and the state budget. In Utah, average gas prices have fallen to $2.64 a gallon.  As a result, the state’s cost of living fell .2 percent last month. But Utah also ranks 9th for energy production, and those low…

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Show ‘UCAIR’ to clear the air this winter

By UCAIR for KSL Winter in Utah means skiing our beautiful snow-capped mountains, building snowmen and basking in beauty of sparkling snowflakes as they blanket the valley. There is something about winter in Utah that is truly magical, but those gorgeous winter days are often tarnished once the thick blanket of smog known as “inversion” settles in. Air quality in Utah brings on passionate debate from organizations and experts across…

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Emery County mine to shut down; 182 losing their jobs

Mike Gorrell and Michael McFall – The Salt Lake Tribune The Deer Creek mine’s life is coming to an end this spring after 40 years of lighting Utah homes with coal it delivered directly to PacifiCorp’s adjacent Huntington power plant. The mine’s closure, announced Monday by PacifiCorp just 10 days before Christmas, will cost 182 employees their jobs. It also means that Utah no longer has a unionized mine, Deer…

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Why oil is down by half, what it means for you

Johnathan Fahey – The Associated Press The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing. The price of a barrel of oil is just under $56, down from a summer high of $107, and lower than at any time since the…

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High-tech clean energy test site lands in St. George

David DeMille – The Spectrum A small operation that could be about to go big is perched above downtown St. George at a makeshift test site off Red Hills Parkway. Helidyne, an energy company that started six years ago when two brothers started tinkering in a garage with a little-known technology, is in the process of testing its patented power generators in preparation for its first major sale — four…

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Mount Logan Middle School students to design electric cars

Kelly Cannon – Herald Journal Starting next year, students at Mount Logan Middle School and Logan High School in the GEAR Up program will begin designing and building electric cars that will eventually be raced on the electric car track that is currently under construction at Utah State University. Representatives from USU, GEAR Up and instructors from both schools met Wednesday to discuss the project and what it will entail….

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USU Grad Student Aids Electric Vehicle Website for Governor’s Office

Mary-Ann Muffoletto – Utah State Today One trip on I-15 along Utah’s Wasatch Front is proof enough the Beehive State’s population, accompanying energy needs and air quality concerns are growing. The Utah Office of Energy Development, created in response to Gov. Gary Herbert’s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan, is working toward advancing all forms of responsible energy development in the state. Utah State University graduate student Blake Thomas is among the…

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