Letter: Utah could be an energy innovator if leaders wanted

First Published Aug 12 2014 05:04PM      Last Updated Aug 13 2014 11:41 am

The other day I noticed a small note in the Tribune that Wyoming has given approval to a wind farm. Evidently, the Industrial Siting Council of Wyoming had the good sense and mind you, without a single negative vote, to give approval to a 1,000-turbine wind farm that will produce enough energy to power 1 million homes. Yes, that is one million!

I also read Andrea Brunelle’s column ("Just pay the fee and go solar," August 10) describing her venture into solar energy and the good fortune she had in discovering U. Community Solar. U. Community Solar is a program sponsored by the University of Utah providing solar education and a path to discounted residential solar installation. Her column included thanks to the university for its leadership in addressing clean energy and for the opportunity to buy residential solar.

Wyoming, which produces three and a half times as many barrels of crude oil petroleum as Utah, and the University of Utah provide two examples of clean energy leadership. Who knows, with our abundance of wind and sun, similar leadership from Gov. Herbert and the Utah Legislature away from the short lived boom and bust fossil fuel industry, Utah could become a leader in renewable energy.

Fares J. Arguello

Salt Lake City





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