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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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SRP proposing 8.8 percent electricity rate hike

The Salt River Project is proposing to raise electricity rates for its more than 900,000 customers by 8.8 percent in October. The rate increase being considered by the public utility serving parts of Maricopa and Pinal County would cost the average household about $12 a month, or nearly $150 a year.

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Energy stimulus could see lower returns

When Congress agreed earlier this year to shell out $3.1 billion in stimulus dollars to help states reduce energy consumption, it expected a major return on its investment. Since the 1970s, every federal dollar sent to states through the U.S. Department of Energy's State Energy Program has produced more than $7 in energy savings - a perfect opportunity for quick stimulus results.

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Nuclear energy production leaves carbon footprint, plus more (access required)

Arizona Capitol Times Reporter Anjanette Riley stumbled into the common fallacy that nuclear energy production involves no carbon emissions (‘Green' energy debate over nuclear vs. solar heats up, June 5). However, the uranium necessary for nuclear plants is mined with carbon-emitting machinery, transported in carbon-emitting vehicles to carbon-emitting milling and processing plants and transported again in carbon-emitting vehicles to generating plant sites.

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