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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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‘Green’ energy debate over nuclear vs. solar heats up (access required)

Nearly a decade ago, Arizona lawmakers intent on weaning the state off fossil fuels approved a measure designed to reduce the cost to businesses to develop renewable energy in the state. The decision was the first in what would become a long line of mandates that now comprise the state’s “green” energy policy.

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Pressure on state’s tribal water obligations (access required)

Among other budget difficulties, some water storage priorities may have to take a back seat in 2009 and beyond.In December of last year, the Arizona Water Banking Authority was designated by the Legislature as Arizona’s agent to provide “firming,” or ...

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Sun overhead; clouds in distance for AZ solar (access required)

Currently, the state’s largest commercial scale solar power plant is in Red Rock. The APS Solar Trough Plant generates a megawatt of electricity, enough to power several hundred homes. Residential solar system manufacturers and installation companies spent a good part ...

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