Majority Republicans at the Arizona Legislature are moving to grab control over energy policy from state utility regulators in a move that supporters say would help protect consumers but that critics say puts at risk growth of the state's solar industry.Read More »
The Bureau of Land Management on Monday put aside nearly 21,000 acres of public land near Yuma for the next two years while it studies its potential for use as a solar energy site.Read More »
The federal government has approved the Sonoran Solar Energy Project, which will be built on public lands in Maricopa County near Buckeye.Read More »
A panel of lawmakers tasked with reviewing tax breaks balked Wednesday at providing a tax credit for installing solar energy devices on residences and voted to recommend its repeal. Two other programs, including one that gives tax credits to corporations for contributions to groups that provide tuition scholarships to children attending private schools, were given a favorable review.Read More »
The state's second-largest utility provider says it's closing in on an agreement to buy power from a wind farm on land owned by the Navajo Nation.Read More »
Shine a light on cooperation: State lawmakers actually work with the feds on some things, like solar power
On several policy matters like climate change and health care, Arizona often butts heads with the U.S. government.
But step outside the Capitol mall, and you’ll see a modern building with solar panels on its rooftop.
The Arizona Corporation Commission today approved a waiver for a western Arizona utility to receive renewable energy credits for energy generated by a Phoenix-area waste-to-energy plant.Read More »
A proposal to reverse a federal ban on new mining claims near the Grand Canyon survived a committee vote Tuesday and could go to the full House as early as next week.Read More »
A proposed waste-to-energy plant in Phoenix is being touted by supporters as a source of renewable energy and a way to minimize the amount of trash in landfills. But critics of the project argue that the waste incinerators aren’t as green as supporters make them out to be — and the proposal has a loophole that could allow a utility to get renewable energy credit for burning fossil fuels.Read More »
The decision by the state agency in charge of implementing air quality policy to repeal the Clean Cars program in favor of emission standards that aren't as stringent led to a chorus of protests from environmentalist and health advocates.Read More »