Utah embraces trio of renewable energy firsts

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  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    April 8, 2014 7:49 a.m.

    On the one hand, I like using all the resources at my disposal, and I welcome alternative sources of energy without reservation, so long as they don't come at any ecnomocially artificial subsidies or taxes against "fossil fuels".

    ... It disappoints me, but doesn't surprise me, to see people chide antagonistically against Utah when it starts doing what they wanted it to. Wind and solar and whatever else are great, but they're entirely insufficient on their own; we can't just stop using coal and oil immediately and entirely and frolick through a field of hemp as nature magically powers our cars and iPhones and air conditioners. Energy is energy, matter is matter, economics is economics. More, if we could move on to fusion, we could shut -everyone- up about pollution and energy output both.

    Secondly, L.A. is certainly nothing for Salt Lake City to envy environmentally.

  • sherlock holmes Eastern, UT
    April 7, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    The fossil fuel crowd is hardly threatened by these kind of projects, and it is a mistake by the writer or posters to imply that they are.

    The fossil fuel crowd, and all serious energy analyzers, know that there is not enough energy from all possible sources to meet the long term world-wide demand. Any technology or resource that will contribute energy is welcome.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 6, 2014 7:04 a.m.

    A few years ago my employer put in a large solar farm on our campus. When we built our newest building it included a "green" parking lot, and a handful of electric car charging stations. At the time there were just a select few who had EV cars. Today, they are on campus by the dozens.

    I am not sure what the future holds, but I have seen that if there is the will, change can happen.... and it is not all that painful. Yes, it is a way of social engineering. The number of SUVs in the parking lot has dropped, and the number of high mpg and EVs has exploded. But not too many are complaining... except for those who still drive low mpg vehicles and have to park a little further out.

    I still have an SUV - I just don't drive it to work anymore. And my bank account is loving it.

  • VFanRJ Provo, UT
    April 5, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    MormonSean keep your eyes open for hydrogen. Next year hydrogen cars will receive the highest eco credits to car manufacturers in CA as they spend hundreds of millions of dollars on hydrogen fueling stations.

    Unfortunately all Hydrogen slated to be produced will use natural gas which creates a bunch of Co2. My current opinion is that EVs are still the cleanest source because of high efficiency and cleaner energy sources.

  • Yanquetino Ivins, UT
    April 5, 2014 5:19 p.m.


    Not all electric cars cost as much as a Tesla Model S. A base Nissan LEAF, for example, has an MSRP of $20,875 after incentives here in Utah --which is certainly not double the price of its gasoline twin, the Nissan Versa.

    As for charging station location, as you can see it the article's photos, this one is not right next to the building, but across the roadway on the median to the parking lot. I do understand how other drivers might balk to see such stations next to buildings, but please realize that this is often where the electric feed originates. Running high voltage lines from there to the remote corners of parking lots is prohibitively expensive and complicated.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 5, 2014 3:22 p.m.


    Farmington, UT

    Nice to see if you pay double for an electric car, you get to park right next to the building. That's social engineering and it stinks.
    9:57 p.m. April 4, 2014


    Nice to see if you have the money, you can drive in the HOV lanes, and you don't have to be subject to the laws like everyone else.

    That's Capitalism buying special rights for some, and not to others.

    So much for America.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 4, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    Nice to see if you pay double for an electric car, you get to park right next to the building. That's social engineering and it stinks.

  • MormonSean Provo, UT
    April 4, 2014 7:56 p.m.

    I could care less about Electric because the energy isn't really that clean still. I'm a hydrogen fan and always will be. The only reason it didn't happen is because those who control energy still want to.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    April 4, 2014 7:43 p.m.

    I like to think of Utah as "keepers of the flame" on fossil fuels.

  • LDS Tree-Hugger Farmington, UT
    April 4, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    Only 10-15 years behind Seattle and LA.

    Better late than never I guess,
    Thanks Salt Lake,.

    For persevering the environment haters along the Wasatch Front.