Utah

Sites with Clean Energy: 19

Total Installed Megawatts: 202

Sample Companies and Facilities Using Clean Energy:

Industrial:

  • Kennecott Utah Copper
  • Kennecott Utah Copper Smelter *renewable
  • Kennecott Utah Copper Refinery
  • La-Z-Boy Chair Company *renewable
  • Magnesium Corporation Of America
  • Methanol Production Corporation
  • PacifiCorp
  • Penguitch Micro Energy Cogeneration, Inc
  • Sunnyside Cogeneration
  • Tesoro Petroleum Corp
  • Wasatch Energy Systems

Commercial

  • Snowbird Ski Resort

Institutional:

  • Central Weber Wastewater Treatment Plant *renewable
  • City of Springville
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • North Davis County Sewer Improvement District *renewable
  • Primary Children's Medical Center
  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University

Agricultural:

  • Wadeland Dairy

* Contact Us if you know of additions or subtractions from this list.

Key Utah Contacts:

  • Public Service Commission of Utah
  • State of Utah Governor's Energy Advisor
  • Rocky Mountain Power (PacifiCorp)
  • Questar Gas
  • Utah Clean Energy
  • ETC Group

 

Utah Policies Affecting Recycled Energy

Statewide Interconnection Procedures: Yes

  • Adopted in 2009, Utah has one of the best interconnection standards in the country. See the policy.
  • About statewide interconnection policies

Waste Heat Included in Renewable Portfolio Standard: Yes

  • Utah only has a renewable portfolio goal, not a standard. Utilities are encouraged to meet the standard to the degree it is cost-effective to do so. Recycled energy is included as eligible in meeting the goal. See the policy (waste heat is defined in section 54-17-601).
  • About waste heat in renewable portfolio standards

CHP in Utility Demand-Side Management: No

  • About CHP in efficiency portfolio standards

Output-based Emission Standards: No

  • About output-based emission standards

Fair Standby Rates: No

  • Standby rates are excessively high in PacifiCorp's Utah territory. They can prevent projects from going forward or cause existing projects to shut down. These standby rates need to be re-evaluated to include the risk of systems going down and the benefits that CHP can provide to the grid.
  • About standby rates

Recycled Energy Specific Incentives: No

 

Utah Electricity Prices

Among the intermountain states, Utah ranks as having the lowest commercial and industrial prices, followed closely by Wyoming. These prices are substantially below the national average by about three cents lower for commercial prices and about two cents lower for industrial prices.

Utah average commercial retail electricity price (2010) 7.17 ¢/kWh
National average commercial retail electricity price (2010) 10.26 ¢/kWh
Utah average industrial retail electricity price (2010) 4.94 ¢/kWh
National average industrial retail electricity price (2010) 6.79 ¢/kWh

Source: EIA; data is year-to-date through December 2010.
Note: All data post January 2010 are preliminary estimates based on a cutoff model sample.

 

Utah Natural Gas Prices

Natural gas prices in Utah, like the electricity prices, are the lowest among the intermountain states, staying two or more dollars per thousand cubic feet cheaper than the national average for commercial prices. Industrial prices have stayed about on par with the national average but with less variance (providing cheaper gas during peak times). This is coupled with about the lowest volatility among the intermountain states, and provides Utah with a distinct advantage when it comes to a CHP project being economically viable.

When evaluating CHP, a considerable amount of attention needs to be placed on the price of natural gas, and where it may be headed in the future. The combination of relatively low electric prices and rising natural gas prices makes it more difficult for a CHP project to be economic and generate cost savings, but there are still going to be successful applications for the appropriate use of CHP. The best applications are those that value high reliability, have higher electric rates during peak times, spend a high percentage of their energy bill on air conditioning, and/or potentially could make use of a "waste fuel."

Utah average commercial natural gas price (2010) 6.88 $/TCF
National average commercial natural gas price (2010) 9.23 $/TCF
Utah average industrial natural gas price (2010) 5.54 $/TCF
National average industrial natural gas price (2010) 5.34 $/TCF

Source: EIA; data is year-to-date through December 2010.

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