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Advancing Utah's Energy Future

Hunter Plant is named for E. Allan Hunter, a former president of Utah Power & Light Co., now Rocky Mountain Power. The company commissioned Unit 1 in 1978 on a 1,000-acre site near Castle Dale, Utah, and added two more units during the following five years. THe plant's generating capability is 1,320 megawatts. PacifiCorp operates the plant and own 1,132 MW of that output, with the remainder going to co-owners Deseret Generation & Transmission Cooperative, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems and Provo City.

Policy Initiatives

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LittleCottonwood_AirQuality.jhbAIR QUALITY:
It is important for human health, the environment, and continued oil and gas development to address and mitigate air quality issues in the Uinta Basin and other parts of rural Utah. Learn more about OED’s role in Utah’s air quality.




Office of Energy Development is engaged in a variety of alternative fuels and transportation forums and actions, including the Alternative Energy Interlocal Entity, the Electric Vehicles Task Force, the activities of Utah Clean Cities and other low-emission transportation advocacy group. Learn more about OED’s role in alternative fuels and transportation in Utah.


Energy assurance is the practice of ensuring a robust, secure, and reliable energy supply in event of an emergency or natural disaster. The role of OED is to support the Energy Advisor in event of an emergency. Learn more about OED’s role in the event of an energy supply emergency.



There are a number of current and historical State initiatives that address energy efficiency – seeking ways to use resources wisely, strenghten our local economy and reduce pollution. Learn more about OED’s role in advancing energy efficiency in Utah.



The Office of Energy Development works with all manner of natural resource developers in rural Utah to help them find the partners and the tools they need to deliver critical infrastructure to projects. Learn more about OED’s role in expanding energy delivery infrastructure in Utah.



800px-SnakeValley.WikiCommonsPUBLIC LANDS COORDINATION:
Nearly 70% of the State of Utah is managed by various federal agencies (BLM, DOD, USFS, NPS, etc.), regular coordination with federal land management agencies is necessary if we hope to put rural lands to the most beneficial multiple use. Learn more about OED’s role in public lands coordination for Utah.



The Office of Energy Development is engaged regularly with the state’s utilities and utility regulators as we strive to strike the right resource and policy balance for Utah. Learn more about OED’s involvement with utility regulation and resource planning for Utah.



Utah believes responsible economic development can happen in the presence of threatened and endangered species. Common sense regulation and policy can protect species while at the same time encourage Utah natural resource industries. Learn more about how OED works to ensure responsible development may occur in a way that is sensitive to endangered species.



Governor Gary R. Herbert’s 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan called for the creation of a Utah Energy Research Triangle (UERT) to advance innovative energy research at Utah’s premier higher education institutions by promoting collaboration and industry engagement.  Learn more about OED’s creation of the UERT, and the organization’s accomplishments in 2014.