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New proposal would limit AZ renewable energy rule

A bill that would give the Legislature a say over energy rules adopted by the Arizona Corporation Commission is being scaled back.

An amendment proposed for consideration by a Senate committee Wednesday would rewrite the bill approved by the House.

The new version would bar the commission from requiring a utility to meet a renewable energy standard greater than those now in effect.

Glendale Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko recently won House approval of her original bill only after promising fellow representatives to scale it back.

Courts have ruled that the commission’s constitutional authority to set utility rates allowed it to approve standards that require utilities to get a set percentage of their energy from renewable sources.

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