2019 Wrap Up: 20 Utah Communities Committed to 100% Renewable Energy | Sierra Club
Salt Lake City, UT — A total of 20 Utah communities have committed to 100% renewable energy by 2030, taking advantage of the Community Renewable Energy Act (HB411). Under the bill, Utah municipalities and counties that commit by December 31, 2019 and are serviced by Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) will be supported in achieving a net-100% renewable energy portfolio by 2030. Commitments include: Park City, Salt Lake City, Moab, Summit County, Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Salt Lake County, Oakley, Kearns, Kamas, Millcreek, Francis, Ogden, Grand County, Orem, West Jordan, Springdale, Alta, Coalville and West Valley City.
“We’re thrilled to see so many Utah communities setting 100% renewable energy goals. HB411 promotes clean air, consumer choice, and a more predictable and resilient energy economy,” said Mayor Andy Beerman of Park City, the first Utah community to commit to 100% in the state. “With nearly boundless solar potential, Utah is leading the way toward a clean and renewable future.”
The Community Renewable Energy Act is an innovative new law that offers Utah communities the chance to benefit from the environmental, economic, and health opportunities provided by renewable energy. By 2030, about 840,000 people in Utah, more than a quarter of the state’s population, could be receiving their power from affordable, renewable energy. The renewable energy industry is growing in Utah. In 2018, Utah had the 10th most solar generating capacity of all states — just one year prior, it ranked 27th. In 2017, more than one-tenth of all the state’s solar generation came from small-scale, distributed facilities. By scaling up solar and wind power, more and more Utahns will be able to enjoy the health and economic benefits of a clean energy economy.