Governor Herbert Vetoes SB47, "Electrical Utility Amendments - Efficiency and Conservation Tariff"
Mar. 30, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has vetoed SB47, "Electrical Utility Amendments - Efficiency and Conservation Tariff," sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van Tassell.
Governor Herbert fully supports energy conservation measures, and encourages all Utahns to take proactive steps to improve energy efficiency in their homes and workplaces.
Earlier today, the Governor enrolled his personal residence in Orem, Utah, into the Cool Keeper program.
"While I applaud the aims of the bill and encourage all Utahns to examine their energy use and take steps to conserve where possible, I believe this bill is adverse to good public policy in the state of Utah," the Governor stated in his veto letter to legislative leaders."
"Load management is critical to meeting customers' demand for electricity during peak demand times, as well keeping Utah's prices among the lowest in the nation," the letter continues.
"However, I believe the people of Utah will be better served by continued educational campaigns about the importance of energy conservation and efforts to increase voluntary participation in programs such as Rocky Mountain Power's Cool Keeper than they are by mandating participation with an opportunity to opt-out."
Governor Herbert has offered to work with Rocky Mountain Power on a future public service and appear in public service announcements about the importance of energy conservation.
For more information on the Cool Keeper program and energy efficiency tips for your home, visit http://www.coolkeeper.net/ or http://www.deq.utah.gov/What_You_Can_Do/index.htm.