Legislative Activity

Utah - 2020


H.B. 176 - Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program

Sponsored By: Rep. Jeffrey D. Stenquist

Bill Summary

This bill would create a Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program to encourage the replacement of higher-emitting used vehicles with low-emitting vehicles by providing grants to car owners for trade-in and destroying an older vehicle. The program would be administered between the Department of Environmental Quality and local health departments. It calls for $3.5 million in revenues from the General Fund for grants.

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Jan. 30, 2020: House/House Rules Committee received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst.

H.B. 235 - Voluntary Home Energy Information Pilot Program

Sponsored By: Rep. Patrice M. Arent | Sen. Curtis S. Bramble

Bill Summary

Improving the energy efficiency of new and existing homes is a strategy that can help reduce "area sources" air pollution emissions, while also making homes more comfortable and more affordable to operate/own. This bill will create a "home energy information" pilot program that would create a voluntary home energy report for buyers and sellers of single family homes to help spur demand for energy efficient homes and home energy upgrades that also reduce air pollution. The score and report would be created by an advisory committee chaired by the Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development. The bill requests $425,000 to cover administration, implementation, and public education about the pilot, and for grants or reimbursements to homeowners who want to participate in the pilot program. The Home energy efficiency “score” would be based on either the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Home Energy Score or the RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS).

SWEEP supports this bill.

PASSED: HB 235 2nd Substitute-Home Energy Information Pilot Program. This bill will create a model rule and working group to develop a voluntary home energy efficiency report and score for homes that are for sale.

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 19, 2020: House/ to standing committee
  • As of Feb. 26, 2020: House 3rd Reading Calendar for House bills
  • As of Mar. 2, 2020: Senate/ to standing committee, Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
  • As of Mar. 4, 2020: Senate/ placed on 2nd Reading Calendar
  • As of Mar. 10, 2020: Senate/ signed by President/ returned to House
  • As of Mar. 10, 2020: Senate/ passed 2nd & 3rd readings/ suspension House/ signed by Speaker/ sent for enrolling,

H.B. 259 - Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Sponsored By: Rep. Robert Spendlove

Bill Summary

This bill would require the Utah Dept. of Transportation to develop a plan for a statewide electric vehicle charging network along Utah highways and other strategic locations. It would ask them to report to the Transportation Interim Committee by Nov. 30, 2020.

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 21, 2020: House/Passed House, 70-0-5
  • As of Feb. 24, 2020: Senate/ 1st reading (Introduced)
  • As of Feb. 25, 2020: Senate/ to standing committee, Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
  • As of Feb. 27, 2020: Senate/ placed on 2nd Reading Calendar
  • As of Mar. 10, 2020: Senate/ to House
  • As of Mar. 11, 2020: Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared, Legislative Research and General Counsel / Enrolling

H.B. 281 - Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Sponsored By: Rep. Suzanne Harrison

Bill Summary

This bill would create a non-refundable income and corporate tax purchase of the purchase or lease of a new or used electric, plug-in electric, or hydrogen fueled vehicle. The credit would be for vehicles that cost less than $45,000 and the tax credit would be for up to 8.9% of the purchase price or lease payment. The annual limit on the tax credit is $3 million.

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 13, 2020: House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst, House/1st Reading (Rules Committee)

H.B. 326 - Energy Efficiency Amendments

Sponsored By: Rep. Jeff Stenquist

Bill Summary

The bill would amend the definition of electric energy efficiency measures to allow for measures that reduce energy use from all fuels, including natural gas and heating fuels.

SWEEP is monitoring this bill. 

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 18, 2020: House/Referred to House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee
  • As of Mar. 4, 2020: House/ 2nd reading
  • As of Mar. 5, 2020: LFA/ fiscal note publicly available, House 3rd Reading Calendar for House bills
  • As of Mar. 6, 2020: Senate Comm - Favorable Recommendation, Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee
  • As of Mar. 6, 2020: House/ circled, House 3rd Reading Calendar for House bills

H.B. 374 - Local Government Building Regulation

Sponsored By: Rep. Paul Ray

Bill Summary

This bill amends provisions relating to local government building regulation. This bill defines terms, allows a building permit applicant to opt out of certain local building inspection or plan review requirements in specified circumstances, and prohibits a municipality or county from regulating certain building design elements.

SWEEP opposes this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 20, 2020: House/ 1st reading (Introduced), House Rules Committee.
  • As of Feb. 25, 2020: House/ received fiscal note from Fiscal Analyst, House Rules Committee
  • As of Feb. 26, 2020: House/ to standing committee, House Political Subdivisions Committee
  • As of Mar. 3, 2020: Senate/ received from House, Waiting for Introduction in the Senate
  • As of Mar. 4, 2020: Senate/ to standing committee, Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Committee
  • As of Mar. 9, 2020: LFA/ fiscal note sent to sponsor, Senate 2nd Reading Calendar
  • As of Mar. 10, 2020: Senate/ Rules to 2nd Reading Calendar

H.B. 396 - Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Sponsored By: Sen. Lincoln Fillmore

Bill Summary

This bill modifies public utilities provisions relating to electric vehicle battery charging infrastructure and service.

SWEEP supports this bill.

PASSED: HB 396 2nd Substitute-Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Amendments. This bill authorizes Rocky Mountain Power to spend up to $50 million investment in utility-owned electric vehicle charging infrastructure and use ratepayer money for utility-run and third-party electric vehicle charging services.


H.B. 431 - Energy Rebate Program Amendments

Sponsored By: Sen. Curtis S. Bramble

Bill Summary

This bill amends provisions related to energy efficiency programs for large-scale natural gas utilities and large-scale electric utilities.

SWEEP supports this bill.

PASSED: HB 431 2nd Substitute-Energy Rebate Program Amendments. This bill allows Rocky Mountain Power to spend money from ratepayer electric energy efficiency programs on customer incentives for heat pumps. It also requires the Public Service Commission to allow homebuilders to continue to make use of incentives for energy efficiency measures in new homes for up to 12-months after a state building code change or a change in federal appliance efficiency standards.


S.B. 77 - Electric Energy Related Tax Credit

Sponsored By: Sen. Derek Kitchen | Rep. Val Peterson

Bill Summary

This bill would create a refundable corporate and individual income tax credit for the purchase of an electric energy storage asset. Total available funds for the tax credits would be $1 million annually.

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 13, 2020: Senate/Passed 2nd Reading, 18-5-6
  • As of Feb. 24, 2020: House/ 1st reading (Introduced), House Rules Committee
  • As of Feb. 26, 2020: House/ to standing committee, House Revenue and Taxation Committee
  • As of Mar. 5, 2020: LFA/ fiscal note publicly available, House Rules Committee

S.B. 78 - Energy Storage Innovation, Research and Grant Program Act

Sponsored By: Sen. Lincoln Fillmore | Rep. Tim Hawkes

Bill Summary

This bill would create a $5 million grant fund in support of energy storage deployment to be administered by the Office of Energy Development (OED). Grants could go to both nonresidential and residential energy storage projects, provided that no more than 50% of total grant funding could go to residential projects.

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 24, 2020: House/House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee Hearing - Motion to Recommend Failed
  • As of Mar. 5, 2020: House/ circled, House 3rd Reading Calendar for Senate bills
  • As of Mar. 11, 2020: House/ 3rd Reading Calendar to Rules