Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump repeatedly communicated with the executive director of a “dark money” group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to help elect the candidates he backed, while also keeping regular contact with those candidates, their campaign manager, and a senior executive of the state’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service, according to recently released records.Read More »
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A national government watchdog group has hired a lawyer and is prepared to sue the Arizona Corporation Commission to compel the release of public records.Read More »
Arizona is known less as a hub for culture than as a haven for golf and recreation — so goes conventional wisdom. But this claim slights the institution that has been propelling Arizona’s boys into young manhood since 1948: The Phoenix Boys Choir.Read More »
My friend, Barry Goldwater Jr., paid spokesman for TUSK ("Tell Utilities Solar Won't Be Killed"), has spoken on the race for Arizona Corporation Commission, and his words are an incitement to hearty debate. I write in defense of the candidate I have endorsed, Doug Little, whose candidacy has elicited a degree of ferocity that is entirely disproportionate to his views -- which are mainstream -- and disrespectful of his values, which are stellar.Read More »
Arizona regulators are asking electric utilities in the state to say whether they're prepared for security threats ranging from cyberattacks to penetrations of equipment and facilities.Read More »
Negotiators quietly forged 11th-hour net metering compromise
As it turned out, Arizona’s battle over solar net metering wasn’t what it seemed.
Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer Office today recommended Arizona’s utility regulators to reduce solar “net metering” incentives by a fraction of what the state’s largest utility has sought in recent months.
Instead of cutting the monthly savings of solar net metering customers in half, or by around $75 each month, as Arizona Public Service has asked the state’s energy regulators to allow, RUCO suggested a more modest savings reduction of about $7 per solar panel user.
The fight over Arizona’s solar industry spilled into the streets Wednesday as a group of about 40 retirees protested in front of the headquarters of Arizona Public Service, criticizing the utility for asking state regulators to reduce rooftop solar incentives.Read More »
The Arizona Corporation Commission shouldn't have approved an electric generation project's planned use of power generated by a trash incinerator to qualify as renewable energy, a judge has ruled.Read More »
As guests strolled along the red carpet at the Phoenix Art Museum for the Arizona Capitol Times 2013 Best of the Capitol awards event, a sense of excitement and anticipation filled the air. For the first time in the contest’s ...Read More »