energy

Energy & Environment
8:30 am
Mon June 9, 2014

High Pollution Triggers New Regulations for Utah Drillling

An aerial view of oil and gas wells in the Uinta Basin. High winter ozone threatens to bring these areas under Environmental Protection Agency oversight. The state of Utah is proposing regulations that are out for public comment.
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The energy boom in eastern Utah has brought with it a big pollution problem.

The Utah Division of Air Quality has been studying it, and its now implementing new regulations to cut emissions.

The agency didn’t even know there was a pollution problem in the Uinta Basin until a few years ago. After millions of dollars of studies, the agency is now putting new rules in place to rein in emissions produced by oil and gas development.

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Energy & Environment
6:19 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Energy Summit Considers All-of-the-Above Options

The Gadsby power plant in Salt Lake City is an example of the nation's transition from coal to natural gas. Environmental Policy Expert Ted Nordhaus said the shift is happening primarily because natural gas is cheap -- not because of Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
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Utah's energy community met Wednesday at Gov. Gary Herbert’s 3rd annual Energy Development Summit to talk about the state's all-of-the-above approach to powering everyday life.

The Republican governor reminded his audience that energy is one of his administration’s top four priorities. He said energy pumps around $5 billion into Utah’s economy each year.

But Herbert said good jobs and a high standard of living have to be balanced with conserving the environment.

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Energy & Environment
5:50 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

BLM Releases Report on Little Valley Wash Oil Spill

Evidence of an oil spill in Little Valley Wash near Escalante, Utah.
Credit Courtesy of the BLM, Utah office.

This week, the Bureau of Land Management released a final report on an oil spill that occurred near Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. 

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Politics
3:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Should the State Collect an Energy Tax on the NSA Facility in Bluffdale?

The floor of the Utah Senate
Brian Grimmett

Utah Senators reluctantly gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give the NSA data center in Bluffdale an exemption from paying a utility tax.

Sen. Jerry Stevenson’s SB45 limits the ability of the Military Installation Development Authority, or MIDA, to levy an energy tax against the recently constructed NSA data center. He says an agreement to not collect this tax is one of the reasons why they chose to build here and if they don’t pass this bill they won’t be living up to their commitment.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Local and State Leaders Discuss Rural Issues at State Capitol

Rural businesses and counties show off their products and services in the Capitol rotunda during the 4th Annual Rural Legislative Day
Brian Grimmett

Local leaders and Utah lawmakers representing rural areas of the state gathered at the State Capitol today for the legislatures annual Rural Day to discuss their priorities for this year’s legislative session.

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, who is himself a former rural legislator from Fairview, Utah, spent about a half hour talking with the group about the challenges rural areas face and some of the potential solutions.

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Environment & Public Lands
11:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Geothermal Energy Becoming a Low Cost Option in Utah

A rough diagram of John Loveless' geothermal heating and cooling system.
Courtesy of John Loveless

With the recent cold snap, December’s natural gas bill will be higher for most residents, but there is form of underground energy that is keeping one Utah family warm for almost nothing.

About a year ago, John Loveless had a decision to make. Should he buy into a geothermal technology that uses the earth’s stable ground temperature to heat his home or stay with natural gas?  He could eliminate his natural gas bill, but he would have to pay $19,000 in installation costs for a geothermal system to do so.

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Business & Labor
4:05 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Utah Exceeding Expectations in 100K Jobs in 1,000 Days Goal

Governor Gary Herbert
Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says his office is exceeding expectations at the half-way point of a goal to create 100 thousand jobs in one thousand days.

Speaking at a high tech manufacturing plant that chose to expand in Utah last year, Governor Herbert announced that the private sector has created 63,600 jobs since he announced the goal during his 2012 state of the state speech. Herbert says when companies choose to expand in Utah it often creates a ripple effect that leads to even more job creation.

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-KUER News Pod
12:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 26, 2013

The U.S. Interior Department announces a plan to develop Utah tar sands, a sweetheart deal could end up saving Salt Lake County millions of dollars, and the University of Utah begins an investigation into their swim team.

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-KUER News Pod
4:20 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday February 20, 2013

Governor Gary Herbert weighs in on a potential statewide anti-discrimination bill, the Utah Senate gives preliminary approval to a bill that would require the state to collect abortion statistics, and oil and gas drilling are the cause of most of the air pollution in the Uintah basin.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Chaffetz Warns of Imminent Cyber-Attack

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks to the Utah House of Representatives
Brian Grimmett

 Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz told members of the Utah Legislature to be prepared for an imminent cyber-attack during remarks made in both the House and Senate chambers Friday.

Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz says the future of economic development in Utah depends on the growth of high tech companies but with that comes the increased threat of cyber-attacks. He also stressed the importance of being prepared for such an attack telling legislators it’s not a matter if, but when.

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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
4:57 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Environmentalists Wary of EnergySolutions Acquisition

A truck unloads shipments of Class A low-level waste at EnergySolutions’ Clive facility.
EnergySolutions

Salt Lake City nuclear waste company EnergySolutions announced Monday that it will be acquired by private equity firm Energy Capital Partners.  But numerous parties are questioning the deal, including HEAL Utah.   The environmental organization's Policy Director Matt Pacenza told KUER that he is wary about a private equity firm managing nuclear waste. 

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-KUER News Pod
1:31 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday January 4, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives Utah conditional approval for their state run health exchange, a University of Utah program tries to give children with Autism a better quality of life, and the Holly Oil Refinery in Woods Cross gets approval to expand.

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Environment & Public Lands
1:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Tooele County Nuclear Storage Site Canceled

Overview of proposed nuclear storage site in Skull Valley, Utah
Private Fuel Storage, LLC www.privatefuelstorage.com

After major opposition from Utah’s top elected officials a group of utility companies has once and for all scrapped their plans to build an above ground nuclear waste storage facility in Tooele County. The companies wanted to construct radioactive waste containers on a 100-acre area on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation. The site also sits very close to the Utah Test and Training Range where the military frequently drops and tests explosives.

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KUER Local News
11:29 am
Tue November 20, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 20, 2012

Governor Herbert sends a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the “Tar Sands Monster” pays a visit to downtown Salt Lake City, and the Utah State Board of Regents OK’s a policy change that could increase college tuition for those who drag their feet.

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KUER Local News
10:56 am
Wed November 14, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 14, 2012

Environment & Public Lands
7:40 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Energy Production on Utah's Public Lands

The Tavaputs Plateau of eastern Utah
Credit Dan Bammes

Among the many points of contention during the presidential debates was the status of energy production across the United States.  President Obama argues that more oil and natural gas are being produced today than when he took office.  Governor Romney argues that less of it is being produced on public land.

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KUER Local News
11:55 am
Wed October 17, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 17, 2012

Salt Lake County Mayoral candidate Ben McAdams lays out his economic development plan, the Utah legislature is looking at making changes to the building code, and Rocky Mountain Power is shutting down the Carbon power plant.

Business & Labor
3:31 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Energy Efficiency Changes Proposed for Utah Building Code

Garbett Homes TerraSol development in South Salt Lake
Dan Bammes

The Utah legislature will be looking at changes to the state's building code to make homes and businesses much more energy efficient.  Garbett Homes’ Terra Sol development in South Salt Lake meets and even exceeds the new 2012 building code standard.  The recommendation from the state’s Uniform Building Code Commission requires making homes much more airtight.  Energy inspector Steven Thon showed reporters how it’s done with foam sealing the top of exterior walls.

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Environment & Public Lands
6:01 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

Study Shows Utah Could Save Twice as Much with Energy Efficiency Programs

Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project Howard Geller and Carol Hunter of Rocky Mountain Power hold copies of the SWEEP report.
Andrea Smardon

A new study shows that efficiency programs could save Utah residents and businesses 1.7 billion dollars by 2020.  A group of energy experts gathered at the state Capitol last week to present their findings to state officials and representatives from the clean energy community. 

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KUER Local News
12:38 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 10, 2012

Our Series on the Utah Priorities Project breaks into the top three, Utah Lawmakers announce a new plan to tackle child poverty, and the state names a new President at Weber State University.

KUER Local News
11:46 am
Tue October 9, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 9, 2012

The countdown continues in our series on the Utah Priorities Project, the Utah State Board of Education selects a new Superintendent, and Rocky Mountain Power announces a plan to help encourage the use of solar panels.

Politics
12:24 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Howell: Renewable Energy is Homeland Security

Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Scott Howell was at the Olympus Hills Sinclair Gas Station today talking to voters about his energy plan.

Howell approached drivers as they pulled up to the gas pump and asked if they needed their windows washed, oil checked, or gas pumped. While helping out, he asked about concerns voters may have and broke down what his energy plan would look like if he defeats Republican incumbent Orrin Hatch. He says there is one key issue he’d like to see get more attention.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:47 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

BLM Approves Plan for Drilling Near Desolation Canyon

The Green River flows through Utah's Desolation Canyon
Adam Swisher, National Outdoor Leadership School

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved a plan proposed by Gasco to drill 1,300 new oil and gas wells in eastern Utah over the next 15 years.  Some of the wells will be drilled in the Desolation Canyon area near the Green River.  That has environmental groups warning of what they call a "disaster."

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