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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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Plans for solar energy plant moving along

KINGMAN - Mohave County continues to support green energy initiatives. The Planning and Zoning Commission has approved construction of a small 1.5 megawatt, photovoltaic solar plant located north of Interstate 40 and east of Hackberry Road.

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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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