• 2021 Legislative Session

Our Mission

The mission of the Utah Clean Cities Coalition is to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that reduce the use of petroleum in the transportation sector.

2021 Legislative Session Recap:

The Utah 2021 Legislative session was concluded on Friday, March 5th. There were multiple bills involving alternative fuels, clean energy, and clean air. By passing bills such as H.B. 91 and H.B. 223 alternative fuels will continue to develop in Utah. This not only improves air quality for all Utahns, but will help businesses secure clean fuel technologies.

Utah is advancing it’s fuel portfolio and becoming a place for state of the art technologies to be deployed and developed. None of this would be possible without our state and local leaders support for Utah Clean Cities mission to provide clean air, clean fuel, and clean strategies to Utah.

Bills Passed

H.B. 17 Utility Permitting Amendments

Passed-2/12/21

General Description:
This bill prohibits municipalities and counties from making certain restrictions on
utility services.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     prohibits municipalities and counties from restricting the connection of utility
services to customers on the basis of the type of energy the utility service provides.

Read More About H.B 17

H.B. 131 State Facility Energy Efficiency Amendments-

Passed-2/15/21

General Description:
This bill requires state facilities to provide utility information to the Division of
Facilities Construction and Management.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     describes the utility information required and the division’s uses of that information;
▸     sets a deadline for providing the utility information to the division; and
▸     makes technical changes.

Read more  about H.B. 131 

S.B. 20 Air Quality Policy Advisory Board Sunset Extension

Passed-2/4/21

General Description:
This bill addresses the operation of the Air Quality Policy Advisory Board.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     extends the sunset date of the Air Quality Policy Advisory Board.

Read More About S.B. 20

S.B. 22 Compliance Advisory Panel Repeal Date

Passed-2/1/21

General Description:
This bill addresses the Compliance Advisory Panel related to the small businesses
program for compliance with state and federal air pollution laws.

Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     extends the repeal date for the Compliance Advisory Panel; and
▸     makes technical changes.

Read more about S.B. 22

S.B. 146 Emissions Testing Amendments

Passed-2/18/21

General Description:
This bill removes the end date of a pilot program requiring emissions inspections of
certain diesel-powered motor vehicles, making the requirement permanent.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     updates a pilot program to make permanent a pilot emissions inspection program,
which requires counties to have an emissions inspection program for certain
diesel-powered vehicles.

Read more about S.B. 146

S.B. 15 Workforce Solutions for Air Quality Amendments

 Passed-03/02/21

General Description:
This bill enacts reporting and other requirements for the Department of Human
Resource Management (DHRM) related to teleworking by state employees.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     defines terms; and
▸     requires DHRM to:
•     cooperate with state agencies to provide and measure teleworking options for
state employees during bad air quality days; and
•     provide an annual written report regarding teleworking by state employees
during bad air quality days.

Read more about S.B. 15

H.B. 91 Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Heavy Duty Vehicles

 Passed-03/03/21

General Description:
This bill reenacts a tax credit related to certain alternative fuel heavy duty vehicles.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     reenacts and extends the availability of an income tax credit related to certain
alternative fuel heavy duty vehicles; and
▸     makes technical and conforming changes.

Read More About H.B. 91

H.B. 223 Alternative Fuel Incentives Amendments

 Passed-03/04/21

General Description:
This bill modifies incentives for the production and use of alternative fuels.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     expands the uses of money in the Throughput Infrastructure Fund by defining
“throughput infrastructure project” to include the production of generators that use
hydrogen fuel cells;
▸     modifies the corporate and individual tax credits for commercial energy systems
that use solar equipment to produce electricity;
▸     creates refundable and nonrefundable corporate and individual tax credits for certain
hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen production from renewable resources;
▸     provides a process for a lessee of a renewable energy system, a hydrogen fuel cell,
or a hydrogen production system income tax credit to obtain a written certification;
▸     modifies sales and use tax definitions to:
•     add hydrogen to the list of fuels that are subject to a lower sales and use tax rate
if for industrial use or residential use;
•     extend the sales and use tax exemption for sales of electricity made under a
Public Service Commission tariff to include electricity produced with a
hydrogen fuel cell; and
•     exempt sales of electricity made under a Public Service Commission tariff to

Read more about H.B. 223

Bills Filed

2021 Bills Search

H.C.R. 5 Concurrent Resolution Encouraging Statewide Emissions Reduction Goals

General Description:
This concurrent resolution encourages the adoption of emissions reduction goals.
Highlighted Provisions:
This resolution:
▸     recognizes Utah’s tradition of modeling collaborative and innovative solutions to
challenges;
▸     recognizes the unique challenges that Utah faces with air quality;
▸     recognizes the negative impact that poor air quality and the changing climate has on
the economy of the state;
▸     recognizes the recommendations by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute presented
in the Utah Roadmap to adopt emissions reduction targets; and
▸     supports goals to reduce emissions in the coming decades.

Read more about H.C.R. 5

H.B. 89 Hydrogen Tax Credit Amendments

General Description:
This bill creates tax credit provisions related to hydrogen energy.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     creates a nonrefundable gross receipts tax credit for certain commercial energy
systems that use hydrogen electrolysis systems;
▸     provides a process for a taxpayer, including a lessee, to obtain a written certification
to claim a gross receipts tax credit;
▸     authorizes the Office of Energy Development and the State Tax Commission to
make rules to administer the written certification process to claim a gross receipts
tax credit;
▸     creates nonrefundable corporate and individual income tax credits for certain
commercial energy systems that use hydrogen electrolysis systems;
▸     provides a process for a lessee to obtain a written certification to claim a
commercial renewable energy system income tax credit;
▸     defines “infrastructure” to include a hydrogen fuel production or distribution project
for purposes of qualifying for a high cost infrastructure development tax credit; and
▸     makes technical and conforming changes.

Read More About H.B 89

H.B. 123 Feasibility Study for Air Quality Laboratory

General Description:
This bill directs the Division of Air Quality to conduct a feasibility study regarding the
creation of an air quality and changing climate solutions laboratory.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     defines terms;
▸     requires the Division of Air Quality to study the feasibility of creating a premier
state-level air quality and changing climate solutions laboratory;
▸     addresses the elements that the feasibility study should include;
▸     instructs the Division of Air Quality to coordinate with certain entities to prepare
the study;
▸     instructs the Department of Administrative Services to assist the Division of Air
Quality with the feasibility study as requested; and
▸     directs the Division of Air Quality to provide the study to the Natural Resources,
Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee and the Legislative Management
Committee.

Read More About H.B. 123

H.B. 145 Clean and Renewable Energy Requirement Amendments

General Description:
This bill modifies provisions relating to clean energy requirements for a large-scale
electric utility.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     requires that, on or after a certain date, a certain percentage of a large-scale electric
utility’s annual retail sales come from qualifying clean electricity if use of qualifying
clean electricity is cost effective;
▸     amends provisions relating to the issuance, expiration, and use of renewable energy
certificates;
▸     amends and requires plans and reports concerning a large-scale electric utility’s
progress in acquiring qualifying electricity and qualifying clean electricity; and
▸     makes technical and conforming changes.

Read more about H.B. 145

H.B. 153 Energy Storage Asset Tax Credit

General Description:
This bill enacts an income tax credit related to the purchase of an energy storage asset.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     defines terms; and
▸     enacts a refundable corporate and individual tax credit for the purchase of an energy

H.B. 209 Vehicle Registration Fee Revisions

General Description:

This bill increases vehicle registration fees on electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and other
vehicles.
Highlighted Provisions:

This bill:
▸     increases annual and six-month vehicle registration fees on electric, hybrid, plug-in
hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicles; and
▸     makes technical changes.

H.B. 263 Utah Clean Energy Fund

General Description:
This bill addresses the creation of a clean energy fund.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     lists the fund as an independent entity;
▸     enacts the Utah Clean Energy Fund Act, including:
•     stating purposes of the fund;
•     defining terms;
•     creating the fund and the fund’s board of directors;
•     providing for an executive director;
•     establishing the duties of the board of directors; and
•     addressing capitalization of the fund; and
▸     makes technical changes.

Read more about H.B. 263

At the request of the Utah Legislature, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute – with the assistance of a 37-person Technical Advisory Committee – prepared this Utah Roadmap to assist with legislative policy making to improve air quality and address causes and impacts of a changing climate. The Utah Roadmap identifies areas of opportunity to further reduce air emissions and ensure a healthy, productive and prosperous future for all Utahns. On January 6, the Gardner Institute released the Utah Roadmap for public review and will consider feedback as the recommendations are finalized.

Driving Toward a Cleaner Future: Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Utah examines the incentives and disincentives around electric cars, as well as the policy decisions around preparation for a wide proliferation of electric vehicles in the future. It also examines the incentives and requirements around public and private heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

Contact Information

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 145474, Salt Lake City, UT 84114