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Preston Cathcart, Deseret News
Teslas are on display during the annual Clean Energy Business Day at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Edward Redd walked outside of the Capitol, mounted the electric bike by his side, and without breaking a sweat, he took off, doing circles around the Capitol building with effortless ease.

"It's awesome," the Logan Republican said. "You have to pedal, and … it kind of takes off while you pedal. It gives you assistance."

Batteries on the so-called "e-bikes" last for about 150 miles, Redd was told.

The bike he was riding Wednesday was on display during Clean Energy Business Day, an event at the Capitol co-hosted by Utah Clean Energy and sPower.

Outside, Tesla showed off some of its newest cars near the Capitol steps, and inside were a couple dozen kiosks representing some of the many clean energy businesses now thriving in Utah.

Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton, kicked off the event, saying he has tried to be a student of clean energy. The economic opportunities for Utah in clean energy are huge, he said.

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"The free market will take over, and tremendous things are going to be happening," Handy said.

Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy, said her organization is a nonprofit started in 2001 that promotes energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and now electric vehicles.

When Utah Clean Energy got started, Wright said, "there was no rooftop solar, there were no policies to promote rooftop solar. … We weren't hardly doing any energy-efficiency, and now we have over 30,000 people working in energy-efficiency jobs (and) over 6,000 working in solar jobs."