REGIONAL NEWS: At least 24 Utah cities, counties pledge to use renewable energy by 2030

Solar panels on top of the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Tuesday May 10, 2016. Salt Lake City is one of 24 communities that has signed on to a program with Rocky Mountain Power to receive net-100% renewable energy by 2030.
/ Chris Detrick / Tribune file photo

By Taylor Stevens | The Salt Lake Tribune

More than a quarter of the state’s population could receive power from net-100% renewable energy by 2030 now that at least 24 Utah communities have opted into a process to achieve that goal with Rocky Mountain Power.

The communities are located in six counties across the state, from as far north as Ogden in Weber County to as far south as Springdale in Washington County. The majority, though, are located in Salt Lake and Summit counties; both of those counties and Grand County also signed on their unincorporated residents before last month’s opt-in deadline.

“We’ve seen it passed across many different kinds of municipalities that reflect the unique, diverse cultures that we have across Utah,” said Salt Lake County Councilwoman Shireen Ghorbani, who introduced the legislation to her body. “And I just think it’s a really important and exciting moment to remember that our government works, and it can work especially on issues we care about at the local level.”

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