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Energy Advocacy Group Gives Utah B+ Grade

Published on May 02, 2014 at 02:09PM

Utah lawmakers are scoring good grades with an energy conservation group for enacting laws and policies that benefit electric vehicle use. Will Toor with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project says his organization recently gave Utah a B+ grade for its policies on electric vehicles resulting from this year’s Legislative Session. Toor said, “We also looked at the fact that based upon vehicle sales in 2013, when you look at the percentage of new vehicles being purchased that are electric vehicles. Utah, even prior to this latest round of policies, was already in the top ten markets in the United States.”

Toor says Utah’s B+ grade is linked to the new tax credit toward the purchase of an electric vehicle, the law requiring the state to convert half of its vehicle fleet to cleaner fuel engines by 2018, and state grant funding available to retrofit or replace vehicles to meet clean air standards.