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University of Utah looks for new ways to use state’s coal

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah is launching a $1.6 million project to determine the feasibility of turning coal into carbon fiber, a material used in manufacturing of skis, cars and planes. University chemical engineering professor Eric Eddings announced the effort on Wednesday, saying finding a new way to use coal would be both energy and economy friendly. “If we can find an economical way to use coal…

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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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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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How coal, energy could tip the scales for presidential candidates in battleground states

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — A national trade organization said Utah is among 13 key battleground states where the bid for the White House should factor in the “political importance” of coal-fired electrical generation and its continuing role in the nation. “It is more than a policy position,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “It…

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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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Geothermal wells deepen Weber State’s sustainability efforts

LEIA LARSEN, Standard-Examiner OGDEN — Weber State University has adopted recycling bins, solar panels and electric vehicles as part of its sustainability efforts. Now it’s going underground to tap geothermal power. Rigs are currently drilling more than 200 deep-water wells in the parking lot north of the Ogden campus’s Stewart Stadium. The wells will help regulate temperatures in the decades-old steam and chilled water system used to heat and cool…

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My view: Coal not going away anytime soon

By Mark Compton For the Deseret News This letter is in response to the Deseret News editorial of June 30 and their conclusion that “traditional fossil fuel industries find themselves in a state of eclipse.” The editorial implies that because of Oakland’s decision to not allow coal to be shipped through that city and Rocky Mountain Power’s Solar Subscriber Program allowing customers to buy “blocks” of solar power, Utah’s coal…

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Wirth Watching: Baseball Tradition in Utah’s Mining Towns

MAGNA, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Much of our colorful state history was made in mining towns. No mine wanted another one to beat it in production. And no miner or copper worker wanted to take second place to the guy down the road at the next mine. That competition rose to a whole new level each summer on baseball diamonds throughout the state In the old days there was a…

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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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