Chief Sponsor: Keith Grover

House Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton


8     Committee Note:
9          The Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee
10     recommended this bill.
11     General Description:
12          This bill amends the state energy policy.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This bill:
15          ▸     adds to the state energy policy the promotion of certain nuclear power generation
16     technologies;
17          ▸     adds to the state energy policy the promotion of energy development in certain
18     areas;
19          ▸     adds to the state energy policy the promotion of energy education programs in
20     grades K-12; and
21          ▸     makes technical changes.
22     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23          None
24     Other Special Clauses:
25          None
26     Utah Code Sections Affected:
27     AMENDS:

28          63M-4-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 378

30     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31          Section 1. Section 63M-4-301 is amended to read:
32          63M-4-301. State energy policy.
33          (1) It is the policy of the state that:
34          (a) Utah shall have adequate, reliable, affordable, sustainable, and clean energy
35     resources;
36          (b) Utah will promote the development of:
37          (i) nonrenewable energy resources, including natural gas, coal, oil, oil shale, and oil
38     sands; [and]
39          (ii) renewable energy resources, including geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, biofuel,
40     and hydroelectric;
41          (iii) nuclear power generation technologies certified for use by the United States
42     Nuclear Regulatory Commission including molten salt reactors producing medical isotopes;
43          (iv) alternative transportation fuels and technologies; [and]
44          (v) infrastructure to facilitate energy development [and], diversified modes of
45     transportation, greater access to domestic and international markets for Utah's resources, and
46     advanced transmission systems;
47          (vi) energy storage and other advanced energy systems; and
48          (vii) increased refinery capacity;
49          (c) Utah will promote the development of resources and infrastructure sufficient to
50     meet the state's growing demand, while contributing to the regional and national energy supply,
51     thus reducing dependence on international energy sources;
52          (d) Utah will allow market forces to drive prudent use of energy resources, although
53     incentives and other methods may be used to ensure the state's optimal development and use of
54     energy resources in the short- and long-term;
55          (e) Utah will pursue energy conservation, energy efficiency, and environmental quality;
56          (f) (i) state regulatory processes should be streamlined to balance economic costs with
57     the level of review necessary to ensure protection of the state's various interests; and
58          (ii) where federal action is required, Utah will encourage expedited federal action and

59     will collaborate with federal agencies to expedite review;
60          (g) Utah will maintain an environment that provides for stable consumer prices that are
61     as low as possible while providing producers and suppliers a fair return on investment,
62     recognizing that:
63          (i) economic prosperity is linked to the availability, reliability, and affordability of
64     consumer energy supplies; and
65          (ii) investment will occur only when adequate financial returns can be realized; and
66          (h) Utah will promote training and education programs focused on developing a
67     comprehensive understanding of energy, including:
68          (i) programs addressing:
69          [(i)] (A) energy conservation;
70          [(ii)] (B) energy efficiency;
71          [(iii)] (C) supply and demand; and
72          [(iv)] (D) energy related workforce development[.]; and
73          [(v)] (ii) energy education programs in grades K-12.
74          (2) State agencies are encouraged to conduct agency activities consistent with
75     Subsection (1).
76          (3) A person may not file suit to challenge a state agency's action that is inconsistent
77     with Subsection (1).