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REGIONAL NEWS: California sues Trump administration over fracking

Posted by   /  January 20, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

San Benito County voters approved a fracking ban, but it’s likely to face challenges. /Gabriela Quiros/KQED By Rachel Frazen | The Hill California is suing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over its plan to open up public lands in the state to oil and gas drilling including fracking, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) […]

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REGIONAL NEWS: Letter to the Editor: Exploring nuclear energy makes sense for Southern Utah’s cities

Posted by   /  January 20, 2020  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

St. George News Nuclear produces the vast majority of carbon-free energy in the United States and across the world (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) A Jan. 12 opinion letter made negative assertions about nuclear energy and, particularly, a small modular reactor project being studied by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems. […]

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REGIONAL NEWS: What’s polluting Colorado’s air? 125 million tons a year of heat-trapping and hazardous gases

Posted by   /  January 20, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate Q&A  /  No Comments

State leaders say current level of pollution is unacceptable, some major polluters are taking action PUEBLO, CO – JANUARY 07: Xcel Energy’s Comanche Generating Station, a 1410 megawatt, coal-fired power plant January 07, 2020. /Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post By Bruce Finley | The Denver Post More than 125 million metric tons of hazardous […]

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Tucson Electric rate request called ‘excessive, overreaching’

Posted by   /  January 17, 2020  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Joe Stierman, Tucson Electric Power production mechanic, closes the engine doors on one of TEP’s 10 new reciprocating internal combustion engines./Rebecca Sasnett / Arizona Daily Star By David Wichner | Arizona Daily Star  Tucson Electric Power Co. needs higher rates to pay for more than $1 billion as it moves its power generation away from […]

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REGIONAL NEWS: Trump Approves First Solar’s Mega-Farm in California Desert

Posted by   /  January 15, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg) — The Trump administration on Wednesday will announce the authorization of a roughly 3,000-acre solar farm near Palm Springs, California, after developers scaled back its size to help avoid threatened desert tortoises and cultural artifacts. First Solar Inc.’s 450-megawatt Desert Quartzite project in eastern Riverside County has been praised by […]

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APS won’t spend money on political campaigns for Arizona Corporation Commission, company CEO says

Posted by   /  January 14, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

APS won’t spend money on political campaigns for Arizona Corporation Commission, company CEO says  Jeff Guldner at the 2019 Arizona Technology Innovation Summit at The Duce in Phoenix./ Gage Skidmore via Flickr By Ryan Randazzo |  Arizona Republic  Arizona Public Service Co.’s new chief executive, Jeff Guldner, told state regulators on Tuesday that the company will […]

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

Posted by   /  January 13, 2020  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

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 […]

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Sometimes the world is too painful

Posted by   /  January 9, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, PHOTOS/CARTOONS  /  No Comments

Rose Law Group Notable CartoonSteve Benson

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Regional news: Proposed environmental deregulations pit Arizona, Utah reps

Posted by   /  January 9, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

Sections of pipeline awaiting installation near Elliston, Va., in September./Charles Mostoller/Reuters By Lisa Friedman | The New York Times The White House on Thursday introduced major changes to the nation’s benchmark environmental protection law, moving to ease approval of major energy and infrastructure projects without detailed environmental review or consideration of climate change. Many of […]

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Utah think tank says state should cut CO2 emissions 80% by 2050

Posted by   /  January 7, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News, Transportation  /  No Comments

A Utah electric vehicle charging station, Jan. 6, 2020./  Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune By Bethany Rodgers | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah should strive to slash air pollution by half and carbon dioxide emissions by 80% in coming decades, a goal that would demand commitment from government leaders, industry and each state resident, […]

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