Direct purchase of renewable energy
Utah businesses are increasingly turning to renewable energy to power their operations. But if you’re a big energy user that wants to get most or all of your power from clean energy, you likely don’t have enough space at your facility for the solar, wind or geothermal needed. The solution is to allow businesses to purchase renewable energy from off-site projects. Just think about how much pollution we prevent if massive energy users, like data centers, are powered by clean 100% renewable energy! This is a game changer, and at long last it looks like these types of projects are finally able to move forward thanks to a recent clean energy victory. Here's the story:
Utah Clean Energy has been plugging away through a series of legislative and utility avenues to make it possible for businesses to get most or all of their power from off-site renewable energy. We cleared a big hurdle a few years ago when we helped pass legislation allowing renewable energy developers to sell electricity directly to large energy users and deliver it by using Rocky Mountain Power’s transmission and distribution systems. Unfortunately, no businesses were able to overcome the complexity (and resulting expense) of Rocky Mountain Power’s rate structure for these types of contracts.
Utah Clean Energy and other stakeholders worked for months to iron out these issues through a utility proceeding before the Utah Public Service Commission. Our testimony in this docket made the case for fair, simple, and reasonable costs for renewable energy purchases. In a huge clean energy win, the Utah Public Service Commission's final ruling addressed all of the concerns raised in our and other parties' testimony - making renewable energy contracts more cost-effective for large energy users, and renewable energy developers. Long story short - more renewable energy choices in Utah. In fact, we anticipate businesses like eBay and other large energy users to leverage this win to get 100% of their electricity from clean, renewable energy.
For the brave souls reading this, you can dive into the regulatory weeds by checking out the full docket page here.