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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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Utah companies bring renewable energy to forefront

Mike Stapley | KSL.com Contributor SALT LAKE CITY — The fifth annual Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit was held recently in Salt Lake City. According to Governor Gary Herbert, “Most all of us respect the idea of being good stewards of the Earth. We want to have clean air (and) clean water, and if we dig a hole we want to fill it back up.” Several states, including Utah, are…

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Governor’s Office of Energy Development Coal Hearing Statement

Governor’s Office of Energy Development Coal Hearing Statement SALT LAKE CITY (May 19, 2016) – Dr. Laura Nelson, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development presented the following statement at the U.S. Interior Department’s coal reform public meeting: “It is no secret that Utah has one of the nation’s best economies and highest qualities of life. Affordable and reliable energy, largely supplied by coal-fired power, plays a crucial…

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Governor announces fifth annual Utah Energy Development Summit

Governor announces fifth annual Utah Energy Development Summit  Two-day trade show features more than 75 speakers, a dozen breakout sessions, exhibits, and more on May 24-25, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY – May 17, 2016 – Five years ago, Gov. Gary R. Herbert had a vision to make Utah a leader among states in the provision of affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for decades to come.  Utah has led the way…

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Coal Audit Hearing Coming to SLC

By JUDY FAHYS | KUER The U.S. Interior Department has launched a sweeping review of coal mining on federal lands, and next Thursday officials are visiting Salt Lake City to talk about it. Bobbi Bryant-Salvato, who runs a small business in Panguitch, plans to speak at the Salt Palace hearing. She has many concerns she wants to share with the Bureau of Land Management. Among them: that coal-truck traffic on…

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Salt Lake City to host coal reform hearing in May

Amy Joi O’Donoghue | Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is among the battleground locations picked by the U.S. Department of the Interior to garner public input on possible reforms to the federal coal program that could include upping royalty payments assessed to companies and more stringent environmental regulations. The federal agency Tuesday announced a series of public meetings in May and June, with the Salt Palace Convention Center…

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Op-ed: Newspapers decline but oil will be valuable for decades

In its Tuesday editorial, The Salt Lake Tribune questioned whether the state of Utah should focus on the continued development of “waxy” crude in the Uinta Basin. Here is why it is important to have a discussion about this key energy resource. In the last decade of the 20th century, global car sales averaged about 39 million per year. Just over a decade later, in 2013, global car sales had…

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