New program aims to use renewable energy to power Utah communities by 2030

Jul 31, 2023, 5:48 PM | Updated: 5:56 pm

New renewable energy project...

A new program is aiming to get Salt Lake City and other communities across Utah powered using renewable energy by 2030. Crews respond Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 to power lines down in the area of 8200 South and State Route 111. (Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

(Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A new program is aiming to get Salt Lake City and other communities across Utah powered using renewable energy by 2030.

Utah Renewable Communities is a state-wide project partnering with Rocky Mountain Power.

“Salt Lake City adopted a goal, and it’s basically to match the electricity we use every year with renewable energy by 2030,” says Christopher Thomas, a sustainability manager for Salt Lake City.

Utah Renewable Communities aims to power 18 communities in Utah. Along with this, according to Thomas, it can have a wide range of benefits.

“I think if there are project opportunities in Utah that can bring positive economic development and jobs that are wanted, I think there’s a really good opportunity for that,” Thomas says.

Thomas says any new source of power needs to be cost effective.

“We realize this program is only going to meet our climate goals if it’s as big as possible,” he says. “And what that means is it’s got to be really affordable.”

The project hinges on user cost efficiency, according to Thomas.

“We want this program to operate just through everybody’s Rocky Mountain Power bill that they’ve already paid,” he says. “Our preliminary estimate is that it will cost an extra $2 to $7 per month for the average household.”

Thomas hopes the project can shift into high gear next year.

Devin Oldroyd contributed to this story.

Related: Utah State University to help develop battery-powered train

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Science + Technology

Image of the U.S. Supreme Court, June 8, 2020, in Washington.The Supreme Court agreed Friday to dec...

MARK SHERMAN Associated Press

The Supreme Court will decide if state laws limiting social media platforms violate the Constitution

The court's announcement Friday comes as the justices grapple with how laws written at the dawn of the digital age, or earlier, apply online.

46 minutes ago

Attendees gather for the eighth annual Silicon Slopes Summit at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City....

Mariah Maynes

Open-source software as community builder

Open-source software puts control in the user's hands. One expert explained the benefits to Inside Sources.

4 hours ago

Authorities hunted Friday for the reason a submersible carrying people to the wreck of the Titanic ...

Simone Seikaly

Months after the Titan disappeared, what’s up with OceanGate?

A school in Canada is being questioned about a deal they considered with OceanGate, and then there's the cost of the rescue.

19 hours ago

Image of Lego heads. Lego will keep looking for a sustainable replacement for plastic after their e...

AN M. OLSEN Associated Press

Lego recycled plastic attempt fails, but toymaker will keep trying

Lego is dropping experiment with recycled plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate after testing "found the material didn't reduce carbon emissions."

3 days ago

nasa team grabs asteroid sample from utah base...

Adam Small

NASA asteroid sample preparing to leave Utah

The asteroid sample that landed in Utah on Sunday will be divided among scientists across the world for generations of research.

4 days ago

What does it mean to be human? For a long time, the answer seemed clear. Our species, Homo sapiens ...


Science paints a new picture of the ancient past, when we mixed and mated with other kinds of humans

The science of human evolution has made big leaps in recent years, and it’s painting a new picture of our origins.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

New program aims to use renewable energy to power Utah communities by 2030