Utah's Energy Insider
A Publication of the Governor's Office of Energy Development

In this Issue     
Agreement Announced in Rooftop Solar
Mighty Five Electric Vehicle Corridor Kicks Off 
American Coal Council Market Strategies Conference
Building Energy & Minerals Jobs in Rural Utah

Video: 'FORGING' Utah's Geothermal Potential
Gov. Herbert Announces Agreement for Rooftop Solar 

Following months of negotiations, Gov. Gary Herbert announced on Aug. 28 an unprecedented accomplishment in the development of sustainable rooftop solar energy in Utah.

Government entities, Rocky Mountain Power, solar industry participants, and non-governmental interest groups proposed a settlement of net metering and distributed generation matters that provides a wise and sustainable path for rooftop solar development in Utah.

The agreement allows current net metering customers to maintain existing export credit levels through December 31, 2035, while ending net metering for new customers that submit an application after November 15, 2017. Subsequent to the close of the net metering program to new customers, the agreement establishes a three-year transition program to provide export credits for rooftop solar customers that deliver solar energy onto the Rocky Mountain Power system.

Read the news release for more details.
OED and Partners Kick Off Mighty Five Electric Vehicle Corridor Initiative

On Aug. 1, 2017, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), in partnership with Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and Maverik, Inc. launched the Mighty Five Electric Vehicle Corridor Initiative with the installation of two DC Fast Chargers. 

With the ramp up in electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Utah and beyond, the initiative aims to make EV travel accessible from Salt Lake City to Utah’s iconic national parks located hundreds of miles away. The chargers, recently installed at Maverik locations in Fillmore and Washington, will provide travelers with key charging points across 300 miles of road.     
'FORGING' New Geothermal Technologies

Utah's FORGE (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy) project took a big leap forward in its exploration of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) with the drilling of a 7,000-foot deep well in August.  Since 2015, the University of Utah's Energy & Geoscience Institute, OED and other key partners have been leading an effort through the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) FORGE program to develop an innovative underground geothermal laboratory near Milford, UT. 

In 2016, the DOE announced $29 million in phase 2 funding for the University of Utah and Sandia National Laboratories in Nevada. Each team has until Spring 2018 to fully instrument, characterize and permit candidate sites for an underground laboratory to conduct cutting-edge research on EGS.

The DOE is expected to award $150 million to one site in the summer of 2018.  Watch the new FORGE film series produced by OED and the University of Utah to learn more.
OED and Partners Host Natural Gas Markets Panel at Uintah Basin Energy Summit

As the world demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) continues to increase, the energy advisors of Utah and Colorado took to the stage at the Uintah Basin Energy Summit on Aug 30 to discuss opportunities to collaborate and expand LNG markets for the Uintah and Piceance Basins.

While the U.S. Geological Survey considers these regions as a single, priority province with significant natural gas resource potential, limited infrastructure remains a key barrier in moving the commodity to ports along the Pacific.

Moderated by Andrew Browning of Consumer Energy Alliance, the panel featuring Dr. Nelson, Kathleen Stacks (Colorado Governor's energy advisor), David Ludlam (West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association), and Bob Braddock of (Jordan Cove LNG), examined the local, state and national political strategies needed to meet the region's infrastructure challenges and advance opportunities to export Rocky Mountain natural gas to foreign markets.  Watch the panel here.
Supporting the Governor's Initiative to Build 25k Jobs in Rural Utah

In his 2017 State of the State address, Gov. Hebert challenged Utah businesses to build 25,000 jobs throughout rural Utah in the next four years. This initiative brings partners from all corners of the state to engage with rural communities and explore new opportunities, including in energy and minerals.

With our rural communities doing much to support the state's thriving economy and high quality of life through natural resource development, OED is highly engaged in collaboratively working with local leaders and businesses to grow jobs and provide new market outlets for our diverse commodities.

To learn more, visit OED's Alair Emory on the road - she will be traveling with our many partners along the 25k Rural Job Tour!  For tour dates and locations, visit
Energy Research Triangle Winners Announced

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR)  and OED announced the professor and students winners for Energy Research Triangle (ERT) grant program on Aug. 17.

For this round of ERT, USTAR collaborated with the Salt Lake Chamber to learn about energy challenges identified by local Utah businesses.  These projects could substantially improve the air quality and/or water scarcity challenges that affect energy production and use in the State. 

“We are proud to accelerate innovative energy solutions through the ERT,” said Dr. Laura Nelson. "The educational and research excellence brought forward through ERT provides new and important pathways for realizing Gov. Herbert’s vision for energy and minerals development in Utah, powering our future at home and delivering new opportunities globally.”
Utah Mining Association Hosts Annual Convention
The Utah Mining Association hosted its 102nd Annual Convention from August 14 -17 at the Zermatt resort in Midway. Throughout the convention there were opportunities to hear from several bold leaders, visit with dozens of exhibitors, network during receptions, dive deeper into issues facing the mining industry during technical breakout sessions and short courses, and much more. 

The convention also saw the unveiling of a new logo for the Utah Mining Association. The new logo represents today’s diverse and multi-faceted mining industry in Utah. 

Learn more about Utah Mining Association’s upcoming events at
American Coal Council
Coal Market Strategies Conference

On Aug. 15, Dr. Laura Nelson joined Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and industry leaders to discuss state leadership in coal development and innovation at the American Coal Council's annual Coal Market Strategies Conference at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City.

During her speech, Dr. Nelson recognized coal and Utah's rural communities who produce it, as the backbone of the state's economic success. Rep. Bishop commented that affordable energy makes life easier, and without coal, "We'd be cold and in the dark." 

For more information on Utah's coal economy and innovations, read OED's latest report, Advancing Utah Coal: Technology, Policy and a Path Forward.
Upcoming Events
Nov. 8, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Little America Hotel

OED is pleased to partner with Zions Bank to host the Energy & Environment Symposium on Nov. 8, 2017 at the Little America Hotel.  

Join the Governor's energy advisor, Dr. Laura Nelson, and nearly two dozen industry experts as they discuss new technologies for navigating the dynamic nexus between energy and the environment to uniquely power Utah's bright future. 

Reserve your seat today.
Utah Tech Companies Unite to Bring 'Light and Hope' to Puerto Rico

Some of Utah's most innovative companies are working to bring light and hope to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Led by Vivint Smart Home, Entrata, DOMO, Pluralsight, MX and other anonymous donors, their goal is to provide families with solar generators to charge lanterns, phones, and refrigerators until power is fully restored.

They have currently raised nearly $200,000 towards a $300,000 goal, with 100 percent of the donations being used to purchase solar generators.  Goal Zero is matching all solar products purchased, including the Yeti and Nomad kits.  For more information, or to donate, click here.
Utah Moves Up on the ACEEE Scorecard for
Energy Efficiency 

Utah is among the top 10 states move improved on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's 2017 scorecard.  The state has launched into 17th place for energy efficiency programs and policies, climbing from 20th place in 2016 and 23rd in 2015.   

The ACEEE scorecard gives state-level policymakers a road map for building stronger and more-resilient communities. Read the full report here.
Utah Clean Cities Marks
10 Years of 'Idle Free'

Utah Clean Cities, OED and partners celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Governor’s Idle Free Declaration on Sept. 6 at the state capitol building.

Utah had the first Idle Free campaign in the nation. Currently signed by 50 mayors, the declaration continues to play an important role in the state’s improved air quality.

Over the past 10 years, the Idle Free program has reached more than 10,000 students across 400 schools. 
World Trade Association Confirms New Board Member from OED

The World Trade Association of Utah (WTA) recently confirmed Meghan Stettler to their board of directors. Ms. Stettler directs public affairs and communications for OED, having previously spent a decade at national and international news outlets.

WTA is Utah's oldest international trade organization, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information through seminars, workshops, publications and special events to strengthen commerce and global association.
In The News

Deal Settles Controversy Over Rooftop Solar Rates
"There’s finally a compromise after more than a year of anxiety about rooftop solar rates..." More here.

Groups unveil 'Mighty Five' electric vehicle corridor initiative
"The Tuesday launch of the Mighty Five Electric Vehicle Corridor initiative means some of the state's most scenic landscapes are now more accessible to electric vehicle owners..." More here.

Utah’s lawsuit against feds on hold after EPA says it might reverse Obama-era order to install pollution controls at 2 coal plants
"A federal plan that would have required Rocky Mountain Power to install new pollution controls at two coal-fired power plants is now on hold indefinitely..." More here.

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