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Friday could be an expensive dividing line for Utah’s future solar customers — the difference between locking down current low electrical rates, and being at the mercy of Rocky Mountain Power as it maneuvers to change how it charges its …

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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Solar panels on the roof of a Farmington home, Thursday July 14, 2016. Based on the first quarter, Utah is on track to have more rooftop solar installed in 2016 than in all previous years combined. Adopters say that’s because, in the last few months, it’s become possible to replace your entire power bill with solar panels--and with state and federal tax credits in place for at least the next year, it’s still possible to get the government to refund you almost half the cost. Poll finds large support for solar in Utah — but state’s main utility questions survey’s soundness
    Three-quarters of Utahns oppose increasing electricity costs for rooftop solar customers, according to a survey commissioned by the Utah Solar Energy ...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rep. Rob Bishop gets animated as he thanks his supporters during Republican Party Election Night Victory Party at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 8, 2016. Utah’s Bishop asks Trump to consider revoking national monuments
    Utah Rep. Rob Bishop took his case against the Antiquities Act to the Trump presidential transition team Monday, asking the incoming president to cons...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 10:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     A breach in the Union Pacific causeway that separates the the north and the south ends of the Great Salt Lake Friday December 2, 2016. Photos: Crews breach Great Salt Lake causeway to restore balance of salt, water levels
    The Union Pacific Railroad this week began breaching the 20-mile causeway that bisects the Great Salt Lake, allowing the waters from the lake’s north ...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 06:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (|  Tribune File Photo)    Temple Mountain San Rafael Swell north of Hanksville, June 9, 2005. Utah’s Greater Goblin Valley to get a recreation plan to deal with overcrowding
    A planning process underway for a popular section of southern Utah’s San Rafael Swell could lead to something akin to a national monument, except the ...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 09:01 am   |     |   Share


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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Warning sign upon entering the Utah Test and Training Range in western Utah. National Defense Authorization Act includes land swap for Utah weapons testing range
    Congress is poised to approve a massive state-federal West Desert land exchange as part of the proposed 625,643-acre expansion of the Utah Test and Tr...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 09:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Hikers brave the wet snow as they hike just off of Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Sunday November 27, 2016. Warmer winter expected for Utah, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be a dry one
    Despite unseasonably high temperatures that broke multiple heat records last month, November’s weather held few clues as to what sort of winter Utahns...
    Updated Dec 02 2016 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Oil wells along the Nine Mile Canyon National Backcountry Byway in Duchesne County, Tuesday January 19, 2016. Oil leases in Utah’s scenic Nine Mile Canyon will be up for bid in BLM’s first online auction
    The Bureau of Land Management’s latest offerings for oil and gas leases include parcels in Nine Mile Canyon, spurring protests from several groups tha...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 11:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   PacifiCorp Carbon Power Plant in Helper Tuesday November 22, 2016. Coal crush: Iconic Carbon Power Plant being dismantled this week
    The Carbon Power Plant, once a coal-fired workhorse in PacifiCorp’s electrical-generating fleet, is becoming a mound of scrap as crews this week disma...
    Updated Nov 27 2016 09:20 am   |     |   Share
  • Photo courtesy of Steve Klein/Utah Open Lands Conservation easements have been secured to preserve the historic South Eden Ranch on Bear Lake’s southeast shore. The campaign spearheaded by Utah Open Lands lined up federal, state, foundation and private grants to tie up the $800,000 deal, which will keep the 620-ranch in production while adjacent lakefront property is being subdivided and developed. The Nebeker family donated half their land’s development value. Historic Bear Lake ranch to be spared from development
    A deal has been reached to preserve the historic South Eden Ranch on Bear Lake’s east shore, which the Nebeker family promises to keep in production a...
    Updated Nov 23 2016 08:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Utah Department of Transportation The National Park Service is inviting public comment on proposed improvements to the state-owned ferry that transports passengers and vehicles between Bullfrog and Hall’s Crossing marinas on Lake Powell. The shrinking lake has spurred a plan to extend ramps at a cost of more than $2 million.  Utah looks to build upscale redrock resort near Glen Canyon
    Utah trust lands administrators want to build a luxury destination on state-owned land at the doorstep of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area near Bu...
    Updated Nov 26 2016 08:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Royce Bair  The stars above Bryce Canyon National Park are on full display in this photograph of the park’s Wall Street by Salt Lake City photographer Royce Bair. Specializing in NightScape photography, Bair frequently posts his and other photographers’ landscape images on social media. Worth their weight in likes: Instagram posts can show the value of Utah landscapes, researchers say
    Before he leaves this earth, Jimmy Emerson intends to visit every county in the United States — all 3,142 of them. The Georgia veterinarian has alread...
    Updated Nov 23 2016 05:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • EPA wants to keep treatment plant running after Colorado mine spill
    Denver • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to keep operating a temporary wastewater treatment plant near the Gold King Mine in southweste...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 11:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (The Lucin Cutoff officially opened to rail traffic on Nov. 26, 1903. It was built to replace the original Union Pacific-Central Pacific tracks completed through Promontory in 1869.  It shortened the journey from Lucine to Ogden by more than 40 miles and shaved hours off the railroad’s schedule.  The causeway across the northern end of the Great Salt Lake in Box Elder County still carries 20 freight trains a day.   Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune)        08/27/2002 Great Salt Lake undergoing big changes in coming weeks — but are they too little, too late?
    Sailors are pulling many of the remaining boats from the Great Salt Lake State Marina this week in light of news that the causeway bisecting the lake ...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 04:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (|  Tribune File Photo)    A drift boat floats the upper section of the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Daggett County. The county has proposed the river be designated as scenic under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act as part of Rep. Rob Bishopís Public Lands Initiative. Nuke proponents seeking new deal with two Utah water districts
    One selling point for the proposed Green River nuclear power plant has been the project’s promise to inject a hearty revenue stream into two cash-stra...
    Updated Nov 21 2016 08:12 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Solar panels on the roof of a Farmington home, Thursday July 14, 2016. Based on the first quarter, Utah is on track to have more rooftop solar installed in 2016 than in all previous years combined. Adopters say that’s because, in the last few months, it’s become possible to replace your entire power bill with solar panels--and with state and federal tax credits in place for at least the next year, it’s still possible to get the government to refund you almost half the cost. Use our calculator to estimate your power bill under Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal to charge more for solar
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    Updated Nov 18 2016 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Man walks after the first snow of the season in Sugarhouse Park Thursday morning Nov. 17.  It stuck to the grass but not to the still warm pavement. As first snow flies, SLC hits heat records
    Salt Lake City residents may have awoken to a skiff of snow on the ground Thursday morning, but Wednesday night the city set two new heat records. Tho...
    Updated Nov 18 2016 10:49 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Author Terry Tempest Williams with her bidding number in the BLM’s Salt Lake City office, Tuesday February 16, 2016. National protesters mobbed a routine oil & gas lease auction Tuesday at the Salt Palace, where Tempest Williams tried to bid on parcels with the hopes of keeping them from being drilled. She ended up submitting an offer after the auction on a parcel that failed to attract the minimum $2-an-acre bid. Utah activist, author appeals BLM’s rejection of oil and gas leases
    Utah author Terry Tempest Williams wants another shot at breaking into the energy exploration business. She and her husband, Brooke, on Thursday filed...
    Updated Nov 17 2016 09:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Solar panels are installed on the roof of a Farmington home. Based on the first quarter, Utah is on track to have more rooftop solar installed in 2016 than in all previous years combined. Adopters say that’s because, in the last few months, it has become possible to replace your entire power bill with solar panels ó and with state and federal tax credits in place for at least the next year, it still is possible to get the government to refund you almost half the cost. Utah lawmakers: Time to take ‘training wheels’ off booming solar industry, retire tax credit
    Green energy tax credits could be up for a fight in the coming legislative session. A proposal to extend tax credits for electric and other alternativ...
    Updated Nov 18 2016 10:18 am   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy of Jimmy Emerson  Utah officials want to help pay for the reconstruction of Browns Park Swinging Bridge just inside Colorado. Among the West’s last surviving swinging brigdes, it was rendered unusable in 2014 when a tractor broke through its decking. Utah counties seeking to give money to restore busted Colorado swinging bridge
    Two years ago, a wayward ranch hand drove a tractor onto the historic suspension bridge crossing the Green River at Browns Park. His journey to the ot...
    Updated Nov 15 2016 10:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Dom Smith  |  EcoFlight  This aerial photo shot in April shows the White Mesa Uranium Mills evaporation ponds, which environmentalists and Ute Mountain Ute tribal officials fear are emitting radon gas far in excess of federal standards. The 55-acre pond on the left is Cell 1, the one with the highest concentrations of radium waste. The mill is six miles south of Blanding on U.S. Highway 191. Southeastern Utah tribe worries about contamination
    White Mesa • Concerns about possible water contamination have some residents of a remote Utah town considering relocation. Data suggest that an aquife...
    Updated Nov 14 2016 11:33 am   |     |   Share
  • If Obama declares a Bears Ears monument in Utah, could President-elect Trump undo it?
    As his presidential tenure winds down in the coming weeks, Barack Obama is expected to decide whether to designate some proposed national monuments, i...
    Updated Nov 14 2016 10:09 am   |     |   Share
  • Photo courtesy of Friends of Cedar Mesa EOG Resources proposes to drill exploratory wells on state and federal land near Bluff. One would be drilled near the Chimney Rocks area, pictured here on lands included in the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Energy company looking to strike oil on Bears Ears’ doorstep
    Energy developers are seeking to drill three exploratory wells inside the proposed Bears Ears National Monument in search of hydrocarbon riches on bot...
    Updated Nov 11 2016 09:02 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Solar panels are installed on the roof of a Farmington home. Based on the first quarter, Utah is on track to have more rooftop solar installed in 2016 than in all previous years combined. Adopters say that’s because, in the last few months, it has become possible to replace your entire power bill with solar panels ó and with state and federal tax credits in place for at least the next year, it still is possible to get the government to refund you almost half the cost. Rocky Mountain Power could charge solar households more through new rate calculation proposal
    Solar industry leaders and advocates are gearing up to fight Rocky Mountain Power’s latest proposal — a new methodology for calculating, and raising, ...
    Updated Nov 11 2016 04:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jim Keener poses for a portrait  at Silver Lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon Sunday October 30, 2016. Cottonwood canyon users united in love of forest, but split on idea of a fee
    For University of Utah student Christopher Mertin, Salt Lake County’s Cottonwood Canyons are a relief valve, allowing students and other cash-strappe...
    Updated Nov 14 2016 04:11 pm   |     |   Share