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Utah Renewables Portfolio Goal

Date Last Updated11/20/2012
Policy TypePortfolio Standard
State/FederalUT
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeUtah Office of Energy Development
Policy Initiation Date3/18/2008
Policy SummaryUtah's Renewables Portfolio Goal includes CHP as an eligible resource. The goal requires investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, and cooperative utilities to use eligible resources to account for 20% of their 2025 adjusted retail electric sales. It has no interim targets, so the first compliance period is 2025.

The goal applies to "adjusted retail electric sales," defined as the total kWh of retail electric sales reduced by the kWh attributable to nuclear power plants, demand-side management measures, and fossil fuel power plants that sequester their carbon emissions. For example, if a utility has electric sales of 100 million MWh in 2025, and 10 million MWh was produced at a nuclear plant, the utility would need to produce 20% of 90 million MWh from renewable energy sources to be in compliance. The law stipulates that utilities need to pursue renewable energy only to the extent that it is cost-effective to do so.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsRenewably-fueled CHP systems and waste heat-to-power systems (defined as "waste gas or waste heat capture or recovery system") qualify under toward the target. Systems must have become operational after January 1, 1995.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
Does Not Specify
Resource Website(s) http://le.utah.gov/UtahCode/section.jsp?code=54-17 exit EPA

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