2019 Climate Utah Bill Tracker
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Climate Legislation
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HB 304Fossil Fuels Tax AmendmentsRep. Briscoeheld in House Revenue and Taxation Committee - will be studied in the interim sessionFact SheetCreates a price on carbon emissions from Utah sources, including power plants, refineries, and transportation fuels. Returns 90% of the revenue through tax cuts, and spends 10% on clean-energy programs and rural economic development.
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Talking Points
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Pie-Charts
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Sign-On Letter
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Notes
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Article
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HCR 5Concurrent Resolution Urging Policies that Reduce Damage from Wildfires Rep. Wardpassed - after amending to remove all mention of climate changeBen Abbott Blog PostUrges the government to pursue policies to reduce excess forest fuel loads.
(As originally written, also urged mitigation of climate change.)
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Article
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SCR 6Resolution Supporting Nuclear Reactor TechnologySen. BramblepassedScott Anderson op-edCalls for more zero-carbon electricity generation and acknowledges climate change.
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Clean Energy Legislation
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HCR 2Concurrent Resolution Supporting Rural Development of Wind, Solar, Hydrogen, Hydroelectric, and Geothermal Energy
Rep. Arent
Sen. Hinkins
passed unanimously!Action Utah Fact SheetPromotes the continued and increased development of renewable energy in rural areas of Utah.
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Action Utah Video
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HB411Community Renewable Energy ActRep. HandypassedFact SheetAllows Salt Lake City, Summit County, Park City, Moab, and other municipalities who choose to contract with Rocky Mountain Power to purchase 100% renewable energy.
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HB413Tax Credit for Energy Efficient VehiclesRep. Wardheld in House Revenue and Taxation CommitteeExtends the corporate and individual income tax credits related to energy efficient vehicles
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HB 127Sales Tax Exemption RevisionsRep. Briscoe
Sen. Kitchen
not heard - returned to Rules Committee

Creates a sales tax exemption for electric energy storage systems.
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SB 146
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SB111Energy Storage Innovation, Research, and Grant Program ActSen. Fillmore Rep. WinderHouse Rules for fiscal impact (passed Senate, passed House committee)Action Utah Fact SheetCreate a $5 million energy storage grant program for residential and utility-scale
energy storage projects.
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Energy Production Finance AmendmentsSen. AndereggabandonedArticleWould have given Rocky Mountain Power financial tools to allow them to recover costs if they chose to retire the coal plants early.
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Interview with Michael Shea
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Clean Air Legislation with Potential Climate Benefits
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HB 295Vehicle Emissions Reduction ProgramRep. Stenquist, Sen. BrambleSenate Rules Committee (passed House, passed Senate Committee)Action Utah Fact SheetTakes the dirtiest cars off the road by incentivizing replacement of older, failing vehicles with cleaner vehicles.
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2/28 article
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HB 218Construction Code ModificationsRep. SchultzpassedUpdates the building code to improve energy efficiency of buildings
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SB002$100M for air quality programsGov. Herbert's budget$28M appropriated for one-time air quality programs - one of the largest amounts Utah has ever devoted to air quality in a single year.Action Utah - Take Action!
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