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Brewer: Arizona’s international trade a strength despite recession

Aggressive, agile, smart. Arizona needs to be all of these to build on international business growth that has defied the economic downturn, Gov. Jan Brewer said Sept. 22. "Exports create jobs, and I encourage and applaud businesses that are ready to enter the global marketplace," Brewer said in her International State of the State Address to the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.

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Department of Energy providing $9M for projects in AZ

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Sept. 14 that more than $9 million for energy efficiency and conservation projects is headed to Arizona. The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is part of a plan that will send more than $354 million to 22 states for "green" energy projects.

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Let the ratepayers eat cake

As the lead plaintiff in the suit (just denied) challenging the Arizona Corporation Commission's right to mandate that utilities generate 15 percent of their power from alternate energy sources, I must admit that I felt a little odd when I was sitting in the Arizona Public Service rate hearing a couple of weeks ago.

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AZ officials sign business contracts with China

Arizona officials met with Chinese officials at a Trade Cooperation Forum Sept. 8 in Scottsdale to mark the signing of 41 contracts and cooperation agreements between various U.S.-based businesses and China.Gov. Jan Brewer was in attendance with government officials from Colorado, Idaho, Kansa, and Nevada, as well as Wu Bangguo, the chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and his delegation.

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Free extension policy muddles APS rate case (access required)

Opponents of a policy that forces landowners, not APS, to foot the bill for extending power lines to their property have spent nearly a year drumming up support for their cause. Now, they will get a chance to plead their case to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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