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Jan 9, 2023

Keep failed, out-of-state energy interests out of Arizona

Out-of-state organizations are pushing for Arizona to adopt the same failed policies as California. I will work to advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy at the national level that protects consumer choice, invests in reliable energy sources, and brings down costs for Arizonans.

Jun 14, 2022

Arizona’s senators should stop energy blackouts back home

Our two senators will need to stand in the breach to ensure that FERC stands by its self-professed highest priority of "helping assure the public receives affordable and reliable electric and natural gas service" by killing its proposed natural gas rule.

Apr 12, 2022

Corp Comm rejects SRP natural gas proposal

The Corporation Commission turned down a proposal from Salt River Project to expand its natural gas generating station in Coolidge.

Apr 1, 2022

SRP’s baffling, costly natural gas expansion

Arizona residents who get their electricity from Salt River Project should be outraged at the utility’s proposal to expand its Coolidge Generating Station by adding — in utter defiance of the current energy market — 16 new natural gas generation units. 

Sep 17, 2021

Future hinges on new energy infrastructure

The U.S. energy market is changing more rapidly and dramatically than anyone would have predicted. A steep decline in the price of solar-generated electricity, combined with the rising cost of coal and gas-fired electricity, has turned energy economics on its head. This is particularly true here in the Southwest. 

Sep 16, 2021

Top 5 reasons why SRP should not expand Coolidge gas generating station

The Salt River Project District board is on the cusp of approving a nearly $900 million expansion of the Coolidge Generating Station, which burns natural gas. The lurking decision is wrong for SRP customers and for all Arizonans, for a variety of reasons. Here are the top five:

Sep 1, 2021

SRP $1B gas plan bad for consumers, environment

Last week, Salt River Project announced that it plans to spend nearly $1 billion to add 16 new natural gas units to its powerplant in Coolidge, one of the largest fossil fuel investments by a utility in recent memory. I served on the SRP board from 2016-2020, and this decision stunned me. It is wrong-headed, unnecessary, and out of step with where responsible electric utilities are moving in this[...]

May 8, 2019

Arizona benefits from diverse energy mix – including coal, nuclear

Undoubtedly, natural gas and renewables are gaining prominence in Arizona and the nation. But it makes sense to keep all options on the table. In Arizona, coal and nuclear power have proven reliable for decades. They should continue to be part of an all-of-the-above energy mix alongside natural gas and solar for years to come.

May 7, 2019

Renewable energy investment crucial to grow Arizona economy

It’s been more than a decade since the Arizona Corporation Commission approved the Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff, requiring Arizona utilities to generate 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025.

Dec 19, 2018

Ducey signs pipeline pact with New Mexico, Sonora

"This is just a way for us to work with our neighbors and promote binational trade,'' the governor said, pointing out that Sonora already is Arizona's largest trading partner.

Oct 25, 2018

Arizona voters should reject big green tax on poor

Yes, sunny Arizona is an ideal state for solar power. As it gets cheaper, the state should use solar whenever it makes financial sense. But politicians shouldn’t force you to buy it regardless of cost. It doesn’t make sense to insert into the state Constitution a requirement on energy use that locks Arizona into 50 percent wind and solar. Betting the state’s financial future and job base on [...]

Jun 27, 2016

Forum focuses on energy policies in Democratic platform

A forum in Phoenix aimed at gathering grass-roots voices to help shape the Democratic Party platform drew calls on June 17 for a tax on carbon emissions to curb climate change and for an end to the practice of fracking in natural gas production.