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Fossil fuel, nuclear will power Utah in 21st century, Herbert maintains

Gov. Gary Herbert says coal, oil, gas and nuclear will be the base of Utah's supply for the forseeable future.

Sun Advocate associate editor

"Green" energy sources will be important in Utah's Utah's energy mix, but the traditional fossil fuels will continue to be critical, Gov. Gary Herbert told the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce Friday. Nuclear is also shaping up as a future source of Utah's energy.

Herbert said there is little chance that sources such as wind and solar power will become a major source of base load electric generation, at least over the next 10 years in the state's "Energy Initiatives and Imperatives" document.

The governor went on to say that the nation and world are beginning to recognize what Utah has to offer.

One of the chief attention-getters is the state's history of fiscal prudence. Despite losing $1 billion in revenue during the recession, Utah is one the few states not facing a budget shortfall next fiscal year.

The state's reputation for an educated workforce, particularly in technology and language skills, is also attractive to companies looking to relocate from other states. In fact, he said, he has heard representatives from other states declare that they "must stop losing jobs to Utah."

The workforce was a big reason why software giant Adobe has decided to build a $100 million facility in Utah County, he added.

Herbert has just returned from a trade mission to China, where he met with industrial and government leaders.

While there, he was told by a Chinese official, "We want to be like Utah. It may take us 100 years to catch you, but we will catch you."

Price Mayor Joe Piccolo presented the governor with mounted prints of the city's 100-year-old articles of incorporation. The mayor also thanked the governor for visiting Castle Country so often, and for recognizing that Utah has cities and counties in the rural areas of the state.

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