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UVU opens electric vehicle charging stations

Barbara Christiansen – Daily Herald Utah Valley University is taking a step toward cleaning the air, plus making a statement about the future. The university cut the ribbon Monday on two charging stations with the capacity to charge four electric vehicles. One is dedicated to UVU fleet vehicles. The other is open to the public to charge their vehicles at no cost. The stations offer level 2 charging, up to…

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1st US tar sands mine set to open for business in Utah

Brady McCombs – The Salt Lake Tribune On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum. The impending opening of the nation’s first tar sands mine has become another front in the battle across the West between preservationists…

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Energy Future Means Conservation: Envision Utah

Judy Fahys – KUER The nonprofit Envision Utah asked people last spring what they think about the future of energy. One surprising result was the growing importance of conservation. It’s a trend already apparent to Damian Mora, energy coordinator for Garbett Homes. He’s giving a tour of one of the super-efficient homes his company’s built in the Daybreak development in southwestern Salt Lake County. “We exceed local codes,” he says,…

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Solar project to create 500 jobs for Beaver and Iron County

The Spectrum SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy development company, announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, establishing a joint venture for Four Brothers, solar project in Utah, developed by SunEdison. The Four Brothers project is expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 90,000 homes. As an added benefit, the construction of the solar power project…

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Kaysville Reinstates Credits for Solar Users

Andrea Smardon – KUER Kaysville residents who want to install rooftop solar panels will once again be able to get credit for the power they produce. City leaders have reversed course on their decision to impose a moratorium on their net metering policy. The Kaysville City Council decided in June to impose a moratorium on net metering for new solar installations. That meant customers would have to pay full price…

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Herbert, Cox talk economy at Utah Rural Summit in Cedar City

Haven Scott – The Spectrum Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Coxheadlined this year’s Utah Rural Summit meeting on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City on Thursday. The theme of the summit, “Why Rural Matters,” brought keynote speakers and residents from many rural Utah counties to explain the vital role that rural economic sectors play in Utah’s overall economy. Utah is experiencing great economic growth due…

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Herbert visits Utah’s first utility-scale solar plant

Alex Cabrero – Deseret News In just a few months, construction of a new solar energy facility in Parowan will be finished. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert took a tour of the Utah Red Hills Renewable Park Thursday. Once the switch is turned on, the site will be Utah’s largest solar energy facility, generating enough energy to power about 18,500 homes annually. “Energy is the foundation for a healthy economy and…

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SolarCity Powers Utah’s Economy with up to 4,000 Jobs

Utah Policy Together with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, SolarCity announced that it will open a regional corporate headquarters in Utah, resulting in up to 4,000 jobs and $94 million in capital investment over the next 10 years.  “SolarCity’s choice of Utah for its regional headquarters is a reflection of the vibrant growth of alternative energy companies in the state,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “The creation of thousands…

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Poll: Utahns want cleaner, but affordable energy

Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News Utah residents value the low cost of energy in the state and want to keep those costs low as they march toward 2050, when the state is slated to nearly double its population. While results from Envision Utah’s “Your Utah Your Future” survey on the topic of energy reveal residents value cleaner sources of power generation, there comes a point when they are unwilling…

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Utah lures new solar jobs

Judy Fahys – KUER State economic development officials say thousands of new jobs are coming to Utah in the solar-energy industry. SolarCity already has a presence in Utah after putting solar panels on the Olympic Oval and Utah’s National Guard buildings. Friday the California-based company announced it’s bringing a regional headquarters to Utah. Brendon Merkley is SolarCity’s executive director of customer operations for Solar. “We’re particularly attracted to the educated…

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