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Governors Announce Joint Action to Build Regional Electric Vehicle Corridor

GOVERNORS OF COLORADO, UTAH AND NEVADA ANNOUNCE JOINT ACTION TO BUILD REGIONAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE CORRIDOR MULTIPLE LOCATIONS – Tuesday, December 20, 2016 – The Governors of Colorado, Utah and Nevada today jointly announced that they will work together over the next year to develop complementary plans for building an electric vehicle charging network across key highway corridors in their states. The corridors will include Interstates 70, 76 and 25 across…

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Second Utah Air and Energy Symposium Oct 5

News Release For Immediate Release Sept. 30, 2016 Governor, industry leaders to discuss progress and solutions for meeting air and energy goals at symposium SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 30, 2016) – Governor Gary R. Herbert and industry leaders will discuss progress and innovative solutions in meeting the state’s key environmental and economic goals at the second Utah Air & Energy Symposium on Oct. 5. The event, presented by the Governor’s…

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Utah Bill Would Require Legislative OK for PacifiCorp RTO Membership

By Robert Mullin Utah lawmakers plan to draft a bill requiring PacifiCorp to gain legislative approval before joining an RTO based on an expanded CAISO. Members of the Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee approved a motion to create the proposed law July 13 after listening to more than 90 minutes of testimony from power industry participants — most of whom were wary about the state’s participation in a…

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Op-ed: Federal grouse plan denies local economies the chance to grow

By Mark Compton The Obama administration is at it again. The president’s musclebound regulators in Washington are once more attempting to usurp states’ authority and deny local economies the means to grow, boost employment or raise revenue. The latest example comes as no surprise to those of us in the West. The Department of the Interior has proposed to withdraw at least 10 million acres of federal land from mining…

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Study: UTA rail projects helped fuel economic growth

Lee Davidson – The Salt Lake Tribune Mass transit may aim mostly to move people efficiently and reduce traffic congestion and pollution. But a new study looking at Utah says rail expansion also attracted plenty of firms and development that created hundreds of jobs. “TRAX and FrontRunner rail lines are attributed with spurring development that has resulted in nearly 1,300 net new jobs generating over $66 million in income and…

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Trib Talk: Utah coal to be exported to Asia?

Jennifer Napier-Pearce – The Salt Lake Tribune Four Utah counties want to invest in an export hub in Oakland, Calif., in order to ship coal and other resources abroad. Proponents say it would open up new markets for these rural counties; critics say shipping coal to developing nations is irresponsible both for the global environment and local taxpayers. On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., Dr. Laura Nelson with the Governor’s Office…

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Second thoughts about proposed railroad

Richard Shaw – Sun Advocate A project that has been on the front burner of the Six County Coalition (Carbon, Emery, Uintah, Duchesne, San Juan and Daggett) for a number of months while it was attempting to get organized has now been put a little farther back on the stove after a meeting in Price on Friday. “Mike McKee (commissioner from Uintah County the representative to the coalition board) showed…

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Leaders drop wells-to-rails plan for Uinta Basin oil

Lee Davidson – The Salt Lake Tribune Eastern Utah officials have decided to sidetrack plans for a multibillion-dollar railroad to transport crude oil from the Uinta Basin. “The economics are just not there,” especially because officials figure now that the cost would be closer to $5 billion than to the initial $2 billion estimate, said state Sen. Kevin Van Tassell, R-Vernal, co-chairman of the Legislature’s Transportation Interim Committee. He said…

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USU installs two electric vehicle charging stations in faculty-staff lot

Kevin Opsahl – Herald Journal Utah State University associate professor Claudia Radel wasn’t crazy about switching to an electric vehicle when it came time to buy a new car for the family, but then she got behind the wheel and wondered how she lived without it. Radel is one of a small handful of campus faculty and staff regularly driving electric vehicles. With two charging stations installed on campus this…

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California ISO, PacifiCorp launch first western energy market

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) and Portland-based PacifiCorp announced today that the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) went live on November 1. The real-time market is the first of its kind in the West. “Consumers across the West win one today as the Energy Imbalance Market is live, performing well and working to reduce costs to consumers,” said Steve Berberich, ISO President and CEO. “When combined with EIM’s inherent…

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