January 11, 2016

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Around Utah Facts December

January 11, 2016


The Utah Jazz named LINDA LUCHETTI vice president of basketball operations. Luchetti brings to the Jazz more than 30 years of experience in media relations, marketing, community relations, philanthropic work and event management, much of it within the sports realm. She has worked for the Jazz’s parent company, the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, in multiple capacities since 2005.

Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C. in Salt Lake City formed a Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group. The group is led by JOHN A. ADAMS, the firm’s immediate past managing director, and ELAINA M. MARAGAKIS, a member of the firm’s executive committee, both of whom are also members of the firm’s litigation section. BETH J. RANSCHAU, another member of the Litigation Section, also practices in this group. 

THOMAS C. JEPPERSON, Questar’s COO, has elected to retire effective Jan. 1, 2016. Jepperson has been with Questar 27 years, serving as the corporation’s chief legal officer since 2005.

Larson & Company added ANDREW WAN, CPA as a new audit partner in the Salt Lake City location. Wan has been a senior audit manager at Larson & Company for the past two years and currently serves as the head of Larson & Company’s training committee.

Corporate partners JAMES KELLY and JEFFREY STEELE have joined Holland & Hart’s Salt Lake City office, in the firm’s Emerging Growth and Venture Capital/Private Equity practices. Kelly has broad private investment fund expertise that includes working with hedge, private equity, real estate, and venture capital funds, and funds of funds.

Steele counsels clients on securities and general corporate law matters, with a particular focus on emerging and developing companies in technology industries, including telecommunications, medical devices, software, and biotechnology.

EnerBank USA named CHARLIE KNADLER, current executive vice president and CFO of the Bank, as president and CEO to replace LOUISE KELLY, who will retire at the end of the year. Knadler joined EnerBank in 2004 and has served as EVP and CFO since 2010. His career in financial services spans more than 20 years and includes experience in sales, credit, compliance and finance.

Transportation Experts Weigh in on Eco-Friendly Options
By Lisa Christensen

Salt Lake City – There's no magic lever to suddenly make life more environmentally friendly, but a number of transportation changes and options can help drastically reduce emissions—and save consumers money, said industry experts at the Utah Air and Energy Symposium in October.

 Thousands of cars on Utah's roadways every day are one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions in the Beehive State, but more eco-friendly options are catching on. At the beginning of 2011, there were almost no electric cars registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles; as of second quarter 2015, there were about 1,500 registered, says Steve Anderton of ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER (RMP).

Widespread usage, however, is limited because of a number of consumer concerns, says Anderton. Chief among them, according to a customer survey, was cost of the vehicle, followed by concerns about range, limited charging stations and the time it would take to charge the vehicle once they found a charging station.

RMP can't do much about vehicle cost, how far they go or how long it takes to change them, Anderton says, but the power company is trying to help alleviate concerns about the availability of charging stations. The company has been working with traditional fueling stations to offer electric charging stations alongside gas and diesel pumps.

Incentives are offered for private customers who install a Level 2 charging station, which recharges electric vehicles faster than simply plugging them into a wall, and for privately owned non-residential entities to install electric charging stations. They will also be offering a locked-in rate for early customers of their solar electricity program.

For those customers who feel an electric car is cost prohibitive, he says, there are still ways to be eco-friendly. "There are some really easy and low-tech ways available to cut down on emissions right now."

One tried-and-true method with traditional vehicles is consolidating trips and avoiding idling whenever possible.

Another option for greener transportation is vehicles that use compressed natural gas, or CNG, which were in vogue several years ago but had their limelight taken by the electric car, says Judd Cook of QUESTAR GAS. CNG produces 15 to 20 percent fewer emissions than diesel and reliably costs considerably less per gallon. The savings can be significant for the typical driver, he says, but can be game-changers for sectors that log in thousands of miles annually, such as the trucking industry.

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