In our opinion: Utah energy plans should support rural counties

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  • The Educator South Jordan, UT
    May 25, 2018 1:47 p.m.

    Why should we give even more handouts to rural communities? They already receive the most handouts of anyone, farm and water subsidies. Much more than us "city folk." Why can't rural Utah just pick itself up by its own bootstraps? Go back to school and learn something. Become marketable. The rest of us have had to do this, why shouldn't they?

    Get Educated

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2018 10:55 a.m.

    I'm glad to see that the governor is finally getting on board with the clean/alternative energy movement.

    With Utah's progressive attitude towards high tech, and genetics research, its alway been odd that we've been so behind the curve on renewables!

    It's good to see that any ideological objections have been overcome!

  • sherlock holmes Roosevelt, UT
    May 25, 2018 9:48 a.m.

    Can't argue with @Spangs on efficiencies being found by the energy industry and really, any industry. Technology and scientific advances will continue to drive the ability to produce goods and energy at a lower price.

    That is not to say, though, that the traditional fossil fuels have reached the end of their useful life. Natural gas and blended automobile fuels are with us for the foreseeable future. Dozens and dozens of years. They compete very nicely from a cost standpoint, and a mobility standpoint, with any other alternative. Coal may find a good future as well with new technology.

    Solar, geothermal, nuclear and wind are welcome additions to the energy picture. We need them all.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    May 25, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    I completely agree with the DN editorial here. What Southern Utah and its rural counties have in spades is sunlight (and to a much lesser extent, geothermal) and land. Planning renewable energy development in rural areas of Utah is a plan everyone can get behind.

    With all due respect to @Sherlock Holmes, all data points to those conventional energy jobs never coming back. Heroic measures by elected officials cannot overcome simple economics. Just take the example of what is happening in Delta, Utah. The current coal plant employs 440 folks and will be mothballed in 2025. What will replace it is a much more efficient gas plant that will likely employ 50-60 folks. This is devastating to Delta, but just one sign that things are changing and we much adapt.

    And the drawdown on fossil fuels could not come at a better time (unless it was earlier). Many climate models show S. Utah getting significantly drier as the climate heats up. If there is one thing more important any coal job to a Utahn, its WATER.

  • sherlock holmes Roosevelt, UT
    May 25, 2018 7:56 a.m.

    A few jobs in Beaver County hardly qualify as successful economic development in rural Utah.

    The Governor has been consistent and steady in his support for jobs in the rural counties. But only developing the so-called clean energy isn't going to change the job picture that much. Research and development projects are very cool, but mainly grow the workforce at the universities where the grant was prepared and funded.

    Rural counties know that it is the conventional sources of energy that need support from Governor Herbert. That is where 1000's of good jobs are found and will continue to be found. The Governor gets this. He will support the clean energy initiatives AND the conventional energy industries.