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Living Zenith to unveil Utah’s first Net Zero Community

SALT LAKE CITY – January 19, 2017 — Utah will set a new benchmark in energy efficiency when Living Zenith, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, and other key stakeholders cut the ribbon on the state’s first net zero community on Jan. 24, 2017. The event will take place at the Living Zenith community, located near Liberty Park in Salt Lake City (1172 South 400 East), from 12:15 – 12:45…

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OED & Leaders for Clean Air cut ribbon on EV charging station

  Utah Governor’s Energy Office and Leaders for Clean Air Celebrate the Installation of Electric Vehicle Chargers at Six Non-profit Locations A ribbon-cutting ceremony today marks Leaders for Clean Air’s completion of a $10,000 grant awarded by the Governor’s Energy Development Office SALT LAKE CITY – December 1, 2016 — The Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), in partnership with Leaders for Clean Air, will cut the ribbon today…

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How energy efficient is your home? Utah moves to energy ratings option

Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — New building codes approved by state lawmakers this past session put Utah among only 10 states in the country where energy ratings may be offered for would-be homebuyers. The Home Energy Rating System, or HERS Index, gives a numerical score to homes for energy efficiency based on multiple construction factors such as exterior walls, ceilings, roofs, heating and cooling systems, and…

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Utah Property Owners Benefit with PACE

Cost-effectiveness is often the top consideration for states weighing the options to spur energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. The Energy Department has taken steps to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to realize the benefits of investing in more efficient, affordable properties through innovative residential clean energy financing programs. This includes the property-assessed clean energy program (PACE). It’s an innovative financing mechanism for energy efficiency and renewable energy…

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Renewable energy project comes to Southwest Utah

Southern Utah is taking a step toward providing more renewable energy through a new project linked to the Kern River pipeline system. The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems’ Veyo Heat Recovery Project was officially commissioned on Tuesday marking the start to a 7.8 megawatt electricity-generating undertaking. Considered a ‘green project,’ it was issued the first tax-exempt green bond for a carbon-free power generating plant. The Recovered Energy Generation plant, located…

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Electric car owners track down scarce charging stations

LEIA LARSEN | Standard Examiner Ogden – Electric vehicle ownership in northern Utah comes loaded with obstacles, but Rod Holtry is navigating them with a little help. The biggest hurdle is finding enough electrons to get around. Holtry’s own Nissan Leaf has an 85-mile range, which works fine running short errands. Longer distances, however, become complicated. That’s why when businesses add charging stations for the public to use he does…

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Utah’s National Parks and Monuments Take Steps to Improve Air Quality

By Utah Clean Cities Coalition The number of visitors to Utah’s National Parks and Monuments has increased steadily over the last decade. In 2014, Utah National Parks welcomed millions of visitors: Zion: approximately 3.2 million visitors Bryce Canyon: approximately 1.4 million visitors Arches: approximately 1.3 million visitors Capitol Reef: approximately 787,000 visitors Canyonlands: approximately 542,000 visitors Although these numbers translate into economic dollars for the surrounding towns and the state,…

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Water and energy needs focus of forum

LOUISE R. SHAW | Davis Clipper LAYTON—It happens with comforting regularity: Turn on the tap and water flows out. Flip on the switch and the lights come on. But while those luxuries don’t require much thought or any work of our own, there are lots of people working behind the scenes to make sure those lights stay on and that water keeps flowing. Davis County hosted many of those who…

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Snow pack, water salinity discussed at summit

Measurements show snow pack in the Uinta Basin at 90 percent of normal for this time of the year. “But there is still a lot of winter to go,” Snow Survey Supervisor Randy Julander told a crowd of about 250 people at the 2016 Uinta Basin Water Summit at Grace Event Center in Roosevelt on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Julander was the final speaker at the summit that featured speeches from…

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Utah slides into nation’s top 10 for ‘green’ buildings

Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has propelled itself into the top 10 states in the nation for the amount of per-capita building space designed and built as “green.” There were 31 LEED-certified projects in Utah for 2015, the designation that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The annual national ranking by the U.S. Green Building Council puts Utah among the front-runners for the…

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