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Letter: Rocky Mountain Power no friend of clean energy

Published January 19, 2014 10:46 pm

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What happened to Rocky Mountain Power's commitment to blue skies ("Rocky Mountain Power asks for 4% rate hike," Tribune, Jan. 7)?

Under RMP's latest rate increase proposal, customers who help generate renewable energy would be penalized with an additional monthly fee. Such a move would likely discourage residential and business customers from installing solar energy panels or wind turbines.

It seems that beneath the public-relations veneer of its Blue Sky and solar lottery programs is a Rocky Mountain Power still wedded to fossil fuels and hostile to any real progress toward clean, renewable energy. In our community's quest for clean air solutions, RMP remains part of the problem.

Utah's Public Service Commission is looking into the situation, and is now accepting public comments. Hopefully, the PSC will push Rocky Mountain Power onto the track toward sustainable, renewable energy generation that better serves the public.

Stanley T. Holmes

Salt Lake City