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Anadarko plan decelerates drilling temporarily

Mary Bernard – Vernal Express The rumors have been everywhere that the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation would reduce staffing in the Uintah Basin. Not so, says Jeff Duncan, Anadarko Midstream Production Superintendent. Anadarko, a financial anchor in the community, rarely responds to rumors, Duncan says, but the uncertainty this round causes requires clarification. “We’re not going anywhere. We have 240 employees and we’re not planning on reducing any staff whatsoever,” he…

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Navajo Generating Station, West’s largest coal-fired plant on track to close

Felicia Fonseca – Associated Press The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners of the Navajo Generating Station could either shut down one…

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New wind turbine spinning to Tooele Army Depot

Nate Carlisle – The Salt Lake Tribune The Tooele Army Depot is receiving a second wind turbine, this one producing enough energy to power 400 to 500 homes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $5.5 million contract to Icenogle Construction Management Inc., of San Francisco, on July 8. In the spring of 2015, the company will begin construction and installation of a 2-megawatt wind turbine to power the…

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Utah National Guard switches on solar power at headquarters

Deseret News The Utah National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton and Gov. Gary Herbert flipped the switch for solar-energy savings at an official ceremony Wednesday at the Utah Guard’s headquarters in Draper. The Utah National Guard’s energy-creation program includes solar and wind power. On the roof of the Guard’s headquarters building are more than 1,400 new solar panels that will be ceremoniously switched on at the ceremony. The…

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Gov. Herbert names Laura Nelson new state energy director

Jasen Lee – The Deseret News Utah has a new energy czar. Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday announced that Laura Nelson has been appointed director of the Utah Office of Energy Development. Nelson, who holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Utah, previously served as energy adviser to former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. Nelson will assume her new role on July 21. She replaces Samantha Mary Julian, who…

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Samantha Mary Julian Discusses the Governor’s Cornerstones

Samantha Mary Julian, Director of OED discusses history, goals, and progress of Utah’s Energy Cluster Acceleration Partnership and its impact at Salt Lake Community College. To read the ECAP report, please click here.

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Rail Line Would Deliver Uinta Basin Energy to Markets

Judy Fahys – KUER Plans are moving forward to build a 100-mile rail line from Duchesne, through the wild Uinta Basin, and into Price. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports on the ambitious and expensive proposal to move Utah energy products into the market. The Uinta Basin rail project is a big idea. And its price tag is big, too – as much as $4 billion. But state transportation officials estimate an even bigger…

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My view: Coal plays important role in powering Utah

Cody Stewart – Op-Ed for the Deseret News Powering American life and our economy with reliable and plentiful energy sources is a top priority for the state of Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert has made balanced energy development one of the four cornerstones of his administration. His all-of-the-above approach to energy, as codified in state law, explicitly states Utah will promote the development of “natural gas, coal, oil, oil shale and…

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New solar panels may help power a future with more U.S. gold medalists

Alex Cabrero and Miranda Collette - Deseret News Although the year 2018 may seem far off to most Americans, thoughts of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games weigh heavily on the mind of U.S. snowboarder Jackie Hernandez. “Sochi was a good experience. It was fun. The competing piece didn’t go as planned, but it was definitely overall an awesome experience. … I’m looking forward to the next one,” Hernandez said Wednesday. She is…

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Salt Lake City Connects New Trio of Solar Power Arrays

Bob Nelson – KUER Salt Lake City officials flipped the “on” switch Wednesday celebrating the completion of three large solar projects to power city buildings.  1.7 million kilowatts of electricity annually will come from the solar farm connected to the Public Safety Building, and the city’s operation center at Plaza 349. Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker says Utah’s energy codes are 30 percent less efficient than federal standards and he says leaders…

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