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Environmental activist and NASCAR driver Leilani Munter is in Utah, talking about her efforts to fight climate change. She’s speaking Tuesday night at the University of Utah as part of a series called Trailblazers of Clean Energy.

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Utah is ranked fourth on a list of the top 10 states seeing job growth in clean energy, thanks to a boom in the solar industry. This growth comes as Utah’s oil and gas jobs are declining.

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Kaysville residents who want to install rooftop solar panels will once again be able to get credit for the power they produce. City leaders have reversed course on their decision to impose a moratorium on their net metering policy.

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State economic development officials say thousands of new jobs are coming to Utah in the solar-energy industry.

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The world’s largest alternative energy development company, SunEdison Inc., announced last week it’s buying a Utah rooftop solar company in what some people see as a sign of a power revolution.

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Mayor Ralph Becker’s office recognized five Salt Lake City organizations this week for helping clean up the air by reducing emissions from their buildings.


Kaysville residents who want to install solar panels on their houses are discovering that the city has changed its policies, and they won’t get any credit for the excess power they produce.

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Environmental Groups and a handful of state legislators are calling on the public service commission to deny Rocky Mountain Power’s request to charge solar power users an extra fee.

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Rio Tinto stadium is set to be the home of the largest privately owned solar arrays in Utah. The new solar arrays will provide more than 2 megawatts of power to the stadium, offsetting 73% of its electric needs.

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President Obama wants 75 thousand more people trained to work in the solar industry by 2020 and a new program at Hill Air Force Base will help make that happen.

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The University of Utah has unveiled a new online dashboard that will display the energy production of solar panels on the J. Willard Marriott Library. 

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Rocky Mountain Power subsidizes new solar power installations through its Blue Sky program. But it’s also insisting it needs additional money from residential customers who have solar panels on their homes.

The Utah Public Service Commission is preparing for a hearing next week on Rocky Mountain Power’s request for residential solar power users to pay four dollars and 65 cents a month to connect their homes to the grid.

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Salt Lake City officials flipped the “on” switch Wednesday celebrating the completion of three large solar projects to power city buildings.  1.7 million kilowatts of electricity annually will come from the solar farm connected to the Public Safety Building, and the city’s operation center at Plaza 349. Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker says Utah’s energy codes are 30 percent less efficient than federal standards and he says leaders at the state level need raise those standards.  

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University of Utah researches have developed a thin glass film that could boost the overall efficiency of solar cells to more than 50%. To achieve the increase in efficiency researches at the U have created a film that is five times thinner than a human hair.  It can separate the broad-spectrum rays of sunlight into individual colors, sort of like a prism.

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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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  Three houses of worship in the Park City area are among 22 facilities with new solar power installations funded by Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program.

The Blue Sky program allows customers to pay extra on their power bills to support the development of renewable energy projects.

From that money, Rocky Mountain Power provided 35-thousand dollar grants to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church and Reform synagogue Temple Har Shalom.

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An environmental group says it’s a bad idea to hike the cost of clean-energy investments that are good for the community. That’s why the group HEAL Utah is rallying against Rocky Mountain Power’s request to charge solar-panel owners a new fee. HEAL’s Matt Pacenza calls the $4.25-a-month charge a “solar penalty.”

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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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As the legislative session winds down, lawmakers find themselves in the middle of a power play between energy businesses over an interstate electric transmission line.

KUER News Pod: Tuesday October 9, 2012

Oct 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.

Rocky Mountain Power plans to offer 50 million dollars of incentives for consumers and businesses who install solar power panels over the next five years.  The Public Service Commission of Utah has approved the utility company’s request for a program that will support 60 Megawatts of new solar energy.