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Rocky Mountain Power seeks new option to meet needs of large customers with renewable energy goals

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Vernal Express, The (UT)

Rocky Mountain Power filed a request today with the Utah Public Service Commission to offer large customers who move in or expand in Utah another option to use renewable energy. The proposed Renewable Energy Tariff is part of the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan (STEP) legislation passed by the Utah Legislature in 2016 and provides greater opportunities for large customers who would like to get electricity from renewable energy sources.

"The Renewable Energy Tariff is an opportunity to bring more renewable energy to Utah for the large customers that want it and are willing to pay for it," Cindy A. Crane, Rocky Mountain Power President and CEO, said. "Rocky Mountain Power is committed to working with customers to find solutions to their energy needs."

The request filed with the Utah Public Service Commission (UPSC) would allow business customers with capacity needs greater than 5,000 kilowatts to get part or all of their electricity from a specific renewable energy project. Rocky Mountain Power will contract with the customer and a renewable energy source to meet the customer's specific needs. The UPSC would have ultimate control whether or not to approve each contract.

"Large energy users are becoming increasingly sophisticated and often have company goals to receive their energy that is derived from renewable sources," Joelle Steward, Rocky Mountain Power Director of Rates and Regulatory Affairs, said in the filing. "Providing customers with this choice might be the deciding factor to attract prospective customers to locate in the company's service territory or to retain and expand opportunities for current customers."

The proposed Renewable Energy Tariff identifies the process for large customers to contract for renewable energy in a simple, economic and fair way for all customers.

While this program is designed for large customers, an approved program is already in place for small business and residential customers who will also be able to sign up to buy solar power. The Subscriber Solar program allows customers to use energy from a 20 megawatt solar farm as an alternative to roof-top solar on their property. Several thousand blocks have been reserved for residential customers and they can begin reserving solar blocks on June 21.

With the existing Subscriber Solar program and the introduction of the new Renewable Energy Tariff, Rocky Mountain Power is addressing the specific needs of its customers in a cost-effective and reliable manner.

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