AIR QUALITY

MOVING THE NEEDLE

Over the past decade, Utah has made great strides to significantly reduce emissions and improve our air quality, but more still needs to be done. Without significant emissions reductions, Utah’s economic growth and quality of life will be stunted by poor air. It is crucial that all Utahns take responsibility for their actions and play a role in being part of the solution. Working to find a balance between implementing emissions reductions strategies and maintaining our business-friendly environment is key.

Envision Utah projects that by 2050, homes and businesses will replace vehicles as the primary producers of pollution at 63%.In order to reduce emissions, homeowners and businesses will need to reduce their energy consumption and boost their building’s energy performance.

“Our company and employees recognize the impact air quality has on our health and our overall quality of life. Together, we strive to address the issue and do our part to reduce emissions by participating in the Clear the Air Challenge, offering flexible work schedules and transit reimbursement, and encouraging our employees to TravelWise by carpooling to meetings or biking to work.”

Dave Smith, President, Penna Powers

39% AREA SOURCES

Area source air pollution includes small pollution sources such as homes, businesses and commercial buildings.

13% POINT SOURCES

Point source air pollution is a single identifiable industry source of pollution and makes up the smallest percentage of impact.

48% MOBILE SOURCES

Mobile source air pollution includes pollution emitted by motor vehicles.

DID YOU KNOW?

One wood burning stove can release the same amount of pollution as five dirty diesel buses.

Less than .00003% of Utahns use a wood stove or fireplace as their primary source of heat. However, thousands of Utah homes have a wood burning stove or fireplace as a secondary heat source. Currently, on a red air day, wood burning makes up 15% of total area source emissions. This demonstrates the need for additional enforcement on red air days.

DOING YOUR PART

Individuals and businesses can reduce their emissions by participating in the Clear the Air Challenge. In partnership with UCAIR and TravelWise, the Salt Lake Chamber hosts the annual Clear the Air Challenge in February, when winter inversions are often at their worst. Reducing vehicle trips by choosing TravelWise strategies will ultimately help improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy in Utah.

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WATER

SECURING UTAH’S WATER FUTURE

As the second driest state in the nation, the future of our water supply and quality are paramount. Population growth leads to changing water needs, so Utahns must take steps to be more efficient and optimize our water use to keep up with demand. One crucial step to better optimizing our water is through secondary metering. Conservation among un-metered secondary water users is one of the greatest opportunities for water resource development. Secondary metering ensures current water supply can be managed more effectively to meet the real and projected need.

WATER RATES

Utah’s water rates are the lowest in the western United States. This is a result of geography, high water quality and water management by public agencies. However, as infrastructure continues to age and our population booms, low water rates are not sustainable. Price signal efforts should be made to achieve more efficient water use.

SECONDARY METERING: KEY TO OUR FUTURE WATER SUPPLY

OUTDOOR RECREATION

Whether it is the red rocks of southern Utah or the snow capped slopes of the Wasatch Front, Utah’s outdoor recreation assets not only allow millions of visitors to enjoy the beauty of our state and contribute to our revenue stream, but also create an unrivaled sense of place where employees want to live, work and play.

UTAH TOURISM IN 2017

HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER EMPLOYEES

Second only to attracting and maintaining a quality workforce, business leaders identified outdoor lifestyle and access to outdoor recreation as the top factors in their company’s decision to locate and expand in Utah.

ENERGY

UTAH’S DIVERSE ENERGY PORTFOLIO

Energy is a $20.9 billion industry in Utah, generating $673 million in state and local revenues

There are more than 18,000 direct energy jobs in the state

Utah has one of the most affordable electricity rates in the U.S.

Utah is the 3rd largest producer of geothermal energy in the U.S.

Utah ranks 10th in the U.S. for natural gas production, 11th for oil and 14th for coal

Utah ranks No. 1 in the U.S. for ENERGY STAR certified schools, and 10th for LEED certified ENERGY STAR buildings

Legislative Priorities