Laura Suesser

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2009 Utah Legislation Sets Stage for More Renewable Energy in Utah

Legislators recently adopted legislation aimed at helping Utah stay competitive with surrounding states in the fast growing national clean energy movement.  Five (5) bills dealing with renewable energy and energy efficiency passed with strong bi-partisan support.  Three (3) resolutions, while non-binding, send strong messages to local governments and utilities that the legislature encourages, and wants to remove … Continue Reading

Utah PSC Revises Net-Metering Policy Creating New Incentives for Solar and Wind Energy

Renewable energy supporters in Utah are cheering a recent order which will make renewable energy systems such as wind turbines and solar panels more cost effective for consumers. On February 12, 2009, the Utah Public Service Commission issued an order revising the Rocky Mountain Power net metering policy. In the past customers who own renewable-energy … Continue Reading

Utah Governor Urged to Withdraw from Western Climate Initiative

On February 13, the Utah Public Utilities and Technology Committee voted to favorably recommend a House Resolution urging Governor Huntsman to withdraw Utah from the Western Climate Initiative. The resolution, 1st Sub. H.R. 3, contains recitals referring to “Utah’s abundant and clean burning coal,” the lack of balance in the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Council on … Continue Reading

Utah Legislation Addresses Definition of Independent Power Production Facility

Last year, we reported on Utah Public Service Commission decisions regarding the need for the Milford Wind Power Project to obtain a certificate of convenience and necessity. Ultimately, the Commission ruled that the Project’s 90-mile transmission line connecting the wind farm to a point of interconnection at the Intermountain Power Project generating station was not … Continue Reading

Utah and the U.S. Department of Energy See Promise in Algae Research for Biofuel Production

On September 29, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $900,000 government grant to Utah State University (USU) and Montana State University for the team’s plan to grow species of algae that can thrive in geothermal vents and in the Great Salt Lake. This research is one of six biofuel projects throughout the country funded … Continue Reading