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The Summit County Council is continuing to work on the Community Renewable Energy Program and is reviewing its financial participation as the funding benchmarks for the program are coming later in the year.

Summit County and over 20 other Utah locales are partnering with Rocky Mountain Power to receive their electricity from renewable sources. 

Councilor Roger Armstrong noted that the county will receive 100% renewable power for government operations by 2023.

The next two or three months will be important for Summit County’s plan to sign a Renewable Energy Services Contract with Rocky Mountain Power.     County Council Member Glenn Wright talked to KPCW following Council’s discussion on Wednesday.

The county aims to achieve a net 100 percent renewable-energy standard for their government operations by 2032.    To that end, they’re looking at a contract to have Rocky Mountain Power deliver electricity from renewable sources..    After an RFP process, a solar facility to be built near Tooele has been selected as the provider.

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Park City and Summit County councilmembers celebrated the signing into law of House Bill 411, the Community Renewable Energy Act, Monday. The Earth Day event came hours before Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s ceremonial signing of HB 411, along with a number of other clean air and energy bills.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed House Bill 411 into law Friday, setting up a framework for communities to move towards using net-100% renewably sourced electricity. 

Park City and Summit County backed HB 411, the Community Renewable Energy Act, along with Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power. HB 411 creates guidelines for establishing a renewable energy program between a community and an electric utility, including rates and terms of service. The bill passed in the final hours of the 2019 legislative session.

A bill that creates a framework for communities to move towards using 100% renewably sourced electricity passed in the final hour of the Utah Legislature’s 2019 general session.

A bill that supports Park City, Summit County and Salt Lake City’s renewable energy goals received a second chance, after failing in its first legislative hearing. 

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A bill based on three years of negotiations by Park City, Summit County, Salt Lake City and Rocky Mountain Power failed at its first hearing at the state Legislature Wednesday, but after some updates to the bill language and discussion with committee members, HB 411 will see another day at the Capitol.