Energy & Environment
6:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Utah Braces for New Power Plant Regulations

Rocky Mountain Power Spokesman Paul Murphy stands in front of the Gadsby plant in Salt Lake City. The plant used to be powered by coal, but in the 90's the company converted it to natural gas.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

 The Obama administration promised last year to crack down on the pollution blamed for climate change, and now the Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to take a big step in carrying out that pledge.

On Monday, EPA is expected to roll out new regulations on existing power plants. Those plants are the nation’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions associated with global warming.

And a new report by a think tank called Ceres says Utah has a relatively high output of CO2.

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Business & Labor
3:24 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Rocky Mountain Power Plans Two Megawatt Utah Solar Farm

Typical Solar Panel Farm
Credit File: Rocky Mountain Power

Plans were announced Wednesday for the first utility-scale solar project by Rocky Mountain Power. The 9,000-panel solar farm in Utah will produce enough power to supply 500 homes. Paul Murphy is the company’s spokesperson. He says Rocky Mountain Power is responding to the trend of increased customer desire for renewable energy and tax incentives being offered to keep the initial company investment down.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Utah Congressmen Push for More Energy Development in Utah, Environmental Groups Push Back

Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Rob Bishop, and Congressman Chris Stewart speak at the Governor's Energy Development Summit
Brian Grimmett

Members of Utah’s congressional delegation called for more energy development during a panel at the Governor’s Energy Development Summit. But the discussion wasn’t without some push back from local environmental advocacy groups.

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Environment & Public Lands
9:38 am
Wed October 17, 2012

RMP Executive on the Future of Coal Plants

Rocky Mountain Power's Carbon power plant near Helper, Utah
David Jolley/Wikipedia

Rocky Mountain Power generates most of the electricity to serve its customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho by burning coal. But it's planning to shut down the Carbon power plant, a coal-fired generating station just outside Helper, in part because of the cost of complying with new environmental regulations.

9:16 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Energy

Wind turbines at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon
Dan Bammes

Utahns cringe when they look at the prices on the gas pumps these days, though prices here haven’t reached the levels seen in California this fall.  Most of the gasoline that’s refined and sold in Utah comes from oil produced in the Mountain West.  But Utah Foundation researcher Shawn Teigen says the price still responds to national and international markets.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:32 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

BLM Delays Decision On Alton Coal Mine

The Coal Hollow strip mine near Alton, UT
Alicia Geesman

The Bureau of Land Management was expected to issue a decision this fall on whether to allow Alton  Coal Development LLC to expand its strip mine in Kane County.  But it's now decided to issue a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project.  That won't come out until early next year, and it will be followed by another six-week period for public comment.  Keith Rigtrup, who has supervised the process for the BLM since it was first proposed in 2006, says they got a lot of feedback on the draft EIS.

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