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Passionate about solar (access required)

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Hundreds of solar energy advocates rallied to protect their interests before the Arizona Corporation Commission approved a compromise plan to reduce a key rooftop energy incentive. The debate provided a glimpse into an obscure but powerful group of regulators and raised questions about the future of energy in the state.

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Energy regulators approve smaller solar surcharge

Energy regulators approve smaller solar surcharge

In a blow to Arizona Public Service, energy regulators agreed a few minutes ago to a compromise proposal charging users of solar rooftop panels with a fixed fee of 70 cents per kilowatt.

The new charge, which will begin next year, is only a fraction of what Arizona Public Service sought – which was to reduce savings from the solar incentive by roughly half.

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Solar storm (access required)

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All eyes on Arizona as formal energy hearings begin

At the heart of Arizona’s battle over solar net metering systems is whether utilities can balance solar energy with the cost of maintaining the grid that delivers electricity to all users.

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House passes narrowed-down contraception bill (access required)

State representatives today passed a scaled-back bill that would allow religious-based employers to deny contraception coverage to their workers.

The amended bill, HB2625, passed the Arizona House by a vote of 36-21, and will need to go back to the Senate for final approval there. If approved there, it will be delivered to Gov. Jan Brewer for either a signature or a veto.

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