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    After announcing an expansive plan to install solar panels on the roofs of Salt Lake County-owned buildings a couple of months ago, Mayor Peter Corroon is pushing forward with new... More »

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Park Rangers make the case for night skies Last Updated on 2009-12-09 00:00:00 BRYCE CANYON, UT (kuer) - For 10 years, the National Park Service has been measuring light pollution, how bright lights obscure views of the heavens. They've been educating park visitors and local communities in southern Utah about the benefits of preserving natural darkness. In the first of a two-part series, Ross Chambless has the story. Listen to full story... More »
Report state wind power project would infust millions into the economy Last Updated on 2009-10-19 08:21:25 A newly-released Utah State University-U.S. Department of Energy study estimates that a modest wind power development in the Park City area could generate more than $31 million for the state during its construction. During its first year of operation, a 50-megawatt wind power plant could generate about $150,000 in land lease payments to Summit County landowners, according to the report. In addition, it could generate more than $800,000 in local property taxes, of which more than $631,000 would support the South Summit School District, the study. “Wind power can create attractive economic opportunities for a local community in terms of new jobs, lease payments to landowners and new property tax revenues,” said Cathy Hartman, marketing professor at USU’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and one of the co-authors of the study. Fellow co-author Edwin Stafford, also a USU... More »
Council on Environmental Quality gets new website Last Updated on 2009-07-21 12:11:00 TUESDAY, JULY 21ST, 2009 AT 11:59 AM CEQ's New Site Posted by Nancy Sutley Check out the new and improved White House Council on Environmental Quality website! Our hope is to keep visitors informed on what is happening at CEQ and CEQ’s environmental priorities and activities.  One of the major duties of the Council is to foster and promote environmental quality to meet the conservation, social, economic, and health goals of the Nation.  Through our site, you can find up-to-date news on CEQ projects and announcements.  The site gives some insight into areas we are focusing on in the environment and provides opportunities to give CEQ feedback and input on environmental initiatives.  Nancy Sutley is the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. More »
Salt Lake County eyes solar for homes Last Updated on 2009-03-09 10:50:14 After announcing an expansive plan to install solar panels on the roofs of Salt Lake County-owned buildings a couple of months ago, Mayor Peter Corroon is pushing forward with new measures aimed at making it easy – and affordable – for county residents to tap the power of the sun. The county has teamed up with Salt Lake City, Utah Clean Energy and Kennecott Land and will solicit help from Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to move plans forward. Current incentives available through utility companies and federal/state governments can reduce system costs by as much as 50 percent. Ann Ober, Corroon's environmental policy coordinator, said a recent study, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, will focus on identifying current hindrances to home solar installations. "We want to find where the barriers are to residential solar," Ober... More »
School trust land leased for wind project Last Updated on 2009-02-11 13:32:27 A chunk of school trust land has been leased as part of the ongoing development of a wind farm in Beaver and Millard counties that will eventually sell power to numerous cities in Southern California. The Milford Wind Project, at its completion, is expected to power up revenue for the state as well, generating several million dollars for the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration over the course of a 30-year-lease. SITLA and a subsidiary of First Wind Energy signed the lease earlier this year for 1,560 acres that are expected to be home to 11 wind turbine generators. That represents just a small portion of the project that will eventually include 159 turbines that will be 262 feet high on 40 square miles of public and private land. The Milford Wind Corridor proposal received approval in October from the Bureau of Land Management and has the land capacity to generate... More »