Last week at the Governor’s Energy Summit, clean and renewable energy production was a major topic of conversation, with industry reps and politicians alike acknowledging the public’s interest in reliable, sustainable, affordable and clean energy production. Early this year, a key piece of legislation passed in Utah to help communities transition to renewable energy. HB 411 Community Renewable Energy Act was developed by local governments to reduce carbon emissions and clean up our air in Utah. NOW is the time for local municipalities and counties to “opt in” to HB 411 as part of their plan for a sustainable, clean future that protects the health and safety of Utah’s communities!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Contact your local city council members and/or county commissioners about opting in to HB 411. You can use the following info and resources to help guide your conversations and provide helpful information to elected officials about how to opt in to HB 411 and begin charting a path to clean energy that protects public health and safety and boosts our economy. Find your city and county elected officials names and contact information at vote.utah.gov (input your home address and select “Contact My Elected Officials”).
- Has your city already adopted HB 411? Spread the word about this good clean energy option to other communities and encourage them to create clean energy goals in their municipalities too!
What is HB411 Community Renewable Energy Act?
HB 411 authorizes a path for Utah municipalities and counties to achieve a net-100% renewable energy portfolio by 2030. The term “net” means that the total electricity needs of a given community are met by, or are offset with renewable energy generation on annual basis. Qualified renewable energy resources include solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric power, and demand management, such as energy efficiency or energy storage technologies. Communities will initially “opt-in” all Rocky Mountain Power electricity customers within their jurisdiction, and each customer will have the opportunity to “opt-out” of the Program individually. Communities must opt in by December 31, 2019!
Who’s opting in?
Salt Lake City, Park City, Moab, Cottonwood Heights, and Summit County are already expected to opt in. Other communities currently considering signing on include Holladay, Ivins, Millcreek, Ogden, Sandy, and South Jordan. Your community can opt in too! Advocates at Climate Utah, Sierra Club, HEAL Utah, Action Utah, and Utah Clean Energy are working with mayors and city council members from other likely municipalities. Now is the time to tap into clean energy with HB 411!