Significant climate bills this session
HJR003 -Joint Resolution Supporting Federal Carbon Fee and Dividend Program (Ward)
This resolution acknowledges the impact of CO2 on the environment. It supports federal action to address climate change and encourages Utah's federal delegation to consider a border adjusted carbon fee and dividend program and a decrease of individual regulations. It has been assigned to the House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee. No hearing has been scheduled yet.
HCR001 - Concurrent Resolution to Work Together to Address the Climate, Public Lands, and Carbon Sequestration (Hinkins and Stratton)
This resolution calls on the Biden administration to prioritize natural carbon sinks and carbon soil sequestration and expanding forest and rangeland management and forest fire pre-suppression activities on federal land. What is noteworthy here is who it's from. Senator Hinkins represents Utah's coal country, and acknowledging climate change is a big deal! The resolution has been assigned to the House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee. No hearing has been scheduled yet.
HB189 - Electric Vehicle Charging Modifications (Briscoe)
This is called the "right to charge." It prevents HOAs, condominium assocations, and apartments from restricting residents from installing and using electric vehicle charging equipment at their parking spots. It has been assigned to the House Business and Labor Committee and it has a hearing today at 2:00 pm.
No bill number yet - Prosperity 2030 (Cullimore)
Watch for action here. Bill language is in progress. The target is a 50% reduction in air pollution by 2030, and it is being sponsored by Senator Cullimore, who is in Senate leadership.
Energy and Innovation Solutions Fund (Briscoe)
Representative Briscoe is expected to sponsor legislation to develop a new state supported non-profit fund to provide low-interest financing to clean energy and energy efficiency projects in Utah. It would leverage private and public capital to support solar, EV, wind, energy efficiency, and other projects that have the benefit of cleaner air and a healthy climate. Clean energy projects tend to have high upfront costs and low to zero operating costs, so their financial viability is heavily dependent on interest rates.