Legislative Activity

Utah - 2021


H.B. 145 - Clean and Renewable Energy Requirement Amendments

Sponsored By: Rep. Raymond Ward

Bill Summary

This bill modifies provisions relating to clean energy requirements for a large-scale
electric utility.

Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:

  • requires that, on or after a certain date, a certain percentage of a large-scale electric utility's annual retail sales come from qualifying clean electricity if use of qualifying clean electricity is cost effective;
  • amends provisions relating to the issuance, expiration, and use of renewable energy certificates;
  • amends and requires plans and reports concerning a large-scale electric utility's progress in acquiring qualifying electricity and qualifying clean electricity; and
  • makes technical and conforming changes.

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Mar. 5, 2021: House file for bills not passed

H.B. 17 - Utility Permitting Amendments

Sponsored By: Rep. Stephen Handy | Sen. David Hinkins

Bill Summary

This bill prohibits municipalities and counties from making certain restrictions on utility services.

SWEEP opposes this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 25, 2021: Signed by Governor
  • As of Jan. 22, 2021: Introduced in committee

H.B. 209 - Vehicle Registration Fee Revisions

Sponsored By: Rep. Kay Christofferson

Bill Summary

This bill increases vehicle registration fees on electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and other vehicles.

Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:

  • increases annual and six-month vehicle registration fees on electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicles; and
  • makes technical changes.

SWEEP opposes this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Mar. 5, 2021: House file for bills not passed
  • As of Jan. 28, 2021: Introduced in House Rules Committee

H.C.R. 5 - Concurrent Resolution Encouraging Statewide Emissions Reduction Goals

Sponsored By: Re. Stephen Handy

Bill Summary

This concurrent resolution encourages the adoption of emissions reduction goals.

Highlighted Provisions:
This resolution:

  • recognizes Utah's tradition of modeling collaborative and innovative solutions to challenges;
  • recognizes the unique challenges that Utah faces with air quality;
  • recognizes the negative impact that poor air quality and the changing climate has on the economy of the state;
  • recognizes the recommendations by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute presented in the Utah Roadmap to adopt emissions reduction targets; and
  • supports goals to reduce emissions in the coming decades.

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Mar. 5, 2021: House file for bills not passed
  • As of Jan. 19, 2021: Introduced to the House Rules Committee