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April 22, 2024

The Salt Lake Tribune

These 18 Utah cities and towns still want clean energy, even as RMP backs off

A handful of Utah communities started down the long road to buying enough renewable energy to equal what their residents consume back in 2019.

Five years later, that road isn’t looking any shorter.

Fifteen Utah cities and towns and Salt Lake, Summit and Grand counties collectively formed Utah Renewable Communities with the goal of bringing 100% renewable power to their businesses and residents by 2030, a unique approach that hasn’t been tried in the U.S..

April 2, 2024


Rocky Mountain Power revises energy plan, keeping coal plants alive a little longer

Rocky Mountain Power filed a revised energy plan with state regulators, backing off of plans to shutter a pair of coal plants in southeastern Utah.

The move has disappointed environmental groups, who said it is a "tremendous setback" in efforts to combat climate change by continuing to prop up declining fossil fuels. Rocky Mountain Power's "Integrated Resource Plan," submitted to Utah's Public Service Commission on Monday, now calls for coal-fired plants in southeastern Utah to remain open until at least 2042.

January 23, 2024


Reaching for Air: There are solutions to pollution, but will Utah leaders listen?

When pollution plagues Salt Lake Valley’s air, everyone in Flor Isabel’s family feels it in a magnified way.

By day, it’s a concert of coughing and wheezing. By night, the tune turns into snores and little gasps for air.

With darker shades of gray in the sky, the burning sensation in Isabel’s throat intensifies, they said. In 2022, in a week with many reports of wildfires, the walk to work became so unbearable that Isabel was forced to remain at home for a couple of days — even if that meant losing income.

January 22, 2024


Bill in Utah's legislature seeks to cut emissions by 50% in 10 years

A bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature seeks to cut emissions along the Wasatch Front by 50% by 2033.


The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tyler Clancy, R-Provo, requires state agencies to craft plans to reduce pollution within 10 years. For years now, the state has been in and out of compliance with federal air quality regulations.

October 14, 2023

The Washington Post

GOP states raise fees on electric cars as gas tax revenue falls

At least eight states, all but one controlled by Republicans, now require drivers of electric vehicles to pay a hefty annual registration fee of $200 or more. GOP lawmakers say it’s an effort to make up for lost gas tax revenue. EV advocates say it’s an effort to block sales of the environmentally friendly vehicles.

The new fees come as thousands more electric cars take to the roads, thanks in part to incentives backed by President Biden and Democratic lawmakers. But some Republicans say that movement has had unintended consequences — including a decline in gas tax revenue, which they have aimed to reverse with EV fees and taxes that are sometimes double the amount paid by owners of gas-powered cars.

September 14, 2023

Standard Examiner

Knuth discusses priorities as Ogden mayoral campaign enters next phase

With the primary hurdle cleared, Taylor Knuth is looking to spread the message of what his potential administration’s priorities would be.

On Wednesday, Knuth — surrounded by dozens of supporters — held a press conference on the front steps of the Ogden Municipal Building to announce his policy priorities if elected in November. Knuth is facing current council member Ben Nadolski in the election to become mayor of Ogden.

September 12, 2023


Utah settles with U.S. Magnesium over years of environmental violations

A company branded by environmental groups as a major Utah polluter has settled eight years worth of violations and lawsuits with the state of Utah.

U.S. Magnesium agreed to a $430,900 settlement with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality for dozens of violations stretching back to 2015, including five pollution violations where the company was accused of exceeding emissions limits. The settlement, approved Tuesday by the Utah Air Quality Board, came over the objections of two members who felt the amount agreed upon was too light.

September 12, 2023

Standard Examiner

Guest opinion: CREP gives Ogden a real choice vs. energy monopoly

The Community Renewable Energy Program (CREP) is the most impactful step Utah communities can take to reduce our carbon emissions and positively impact our climate and air quality.

Signed into law in 2019, CREP is the pathway for Ogden, and other communities, to work with Rocky Mountain Power to achieve net-100% renewable energy.

July 5, 2023


O₂ Utah: Improving Air Quality to Improve Quality of Life

O₂ Utah, a local environmental nonprofit working to better the air quality of Utah, collaborated with Senator Kirk Cullimore and Representative Andrew Stoddard to pass and sign House Bill 220 on March 14 to reduce the unfettered dumping of toxic halogens into our airshed. O₂’s mission is to use elections and policy to their advantage, garnering support from elected officials to make environmental changes to the law and standard practice.


“I thought we needed an organization that followed a three-step plan,” says David Garbett, the director and founder of O₂ Utah. “Step one, getting involved in elections; two, building relationships with policymakers; and three, giving them policy.”

March 4, 2023

Deseret News

Utah lawmakers agree to create halogen emissions 'reduction plan' for Wasatch Front

Utah lawmakers on Friday finalized a bill that calls for a state study of halogen emission sources along the Wasatch Front, while also coming up with a plan to reduce those emissions in the coming years.

It's the first major legislation tied to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report published in January that found that a magnesium plant in Tooele County was producing halogen emissions, especially bromine, that boosted pollution levels by as much as 25% in the region.

February 28, 2023


Study of bromine’s relationship to Utah’s bad air clears Senate committee

A bill addressing Utah’s infamous pollution-filled inversions cleared another hurdle toward becoming law after passing unanimously out of a Senate committee on Tuesday.

Democratic Rep. Andrew Stoddard’s “Emissions Reduction Amendments” bill gained more support after Republican Sen. Kirk Cullimore, R-Sandy, signed on as a co-sponsor. The bill would conduct an in-depth study of bromine emissions in the Salt Lake Valley.

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