energy consumption

Nov 11, 2013

Solar storm

All eyes on Arizona as formal energy hearings begin

At the heart of Arizona’s battle over solar net metering systems is whether utilities can balance solar energy with the cost of maintaining the grid that delivers electricity to all users.

Small gifts make big – and murky – difference in campaign finance transparency
Nov 7, 2013

APS: $3.7 million spent on metering publicity

Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest energy company, told regulators Nov. 6 that its parent corporation has spent $3.7 million dollars to fight for a drastic reduction to a key rooftop solar incentive in Arizona.

Nov 7, 2013

Arizona finishes 12th in national ranking on energy-efficiency policies

WASHINGTON – Arizona is the 12th-most energy-efficient state in the nation this year, the same position the state held last year, according to rankings released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Pebble Creek retirement community resident Charles Miller shows his sign protesting the solar incentive proposal by Arizona's largest electric utility, Arizona Public Service. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Oct 23, 2013

Retirees protest APS over solar incentives, call utility dishonest

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.

Arizona-Mexico energy panel examines cross-border transmission
Jul 11, 2013

Fight over solar panel incentives heads to regulators

For months, Arizona’s largest utility provider and the solar industry have waged a public relations war over the future of the state’s solar energy incentives.

That fight now moves to the Arizona Corporation Commission, as the energy regulator formally begins consideration of opposing proposals from each side.

Howard Geller, executive director of the public policy group Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), authored a report saying that ramping up energy-efficiency programs would cut Arizona’s electricity use by 21 percent and save households and businesses billions by 2020. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Corbin Carson)
Nov 27, 2012

Group: Energy-efficiency incentives can save billions for Arizona

Arizona households and businesses can cut electricity use by 21 percent and save $7.3 billion by 2020 if utilities ramp up energy-efficiency incentives, a public policy group said Tuesday.