Environmentalists fear that the Arizona Corporation Commission may waive its stringent energy efficiency standards rather than approve a power-cutting plan submitted by Tucson Electric Power and scheduled for a vote Friday.Read More »
The Arizona Legislature is considering HB2789, which significantly increases government regulation by requiring every rule the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) makes that affects “public service corporations” (a.k.a. utilities) go before the full House, the Senate and the governor for approval ...Read More »
A new solar power project is planned near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix. KTAR-FM reports the Arlington Valley Solar Energy 2 project will generate an estimated 127 megawatts of power when commercial operations start. That's enough power to supply 25,400 homes.Read More »
Republican lawmakers are moving to grab control of energy policy from state utility regulators in a political turf fight over the future of Arizona's solar power industry.Read More »
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.