Pinnacle West

Oct 8, 2020

Vetting panel chooses 5 finalists for IRC chair

The most powerful, unpaid political figure in Arizona for the next decade will either be a teacher, a businessman, an attorney for a public utility, a gun store owner or a psychologist-turned-life coach.

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Oct 1, 2020

Corp Comm candidates debate dark money, renewable energy

The three Republicans running to become state utility regulators warn that putting Democrats in charge of the regulatory panel would turn Arizona into California. And they don’t mean that in a good way. In a debate at KAET-TV on September 30, all three Republicans – Jim O’Connor, Eric Sloan and Lea Marquez Peterson – criticized […]

Aug 28, 2020

IRC chair – the state’s most important political figure

An aide to Gov. Doug Ducey, a former top attorney for the state’s largest utility company and a former attorney at the Goldwater Institute are among 39 applicants for the chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

Jan 22, 2020

Arizona Public Service vows all clean power by 2050

Arizona's largest electric utility said January 22 that it plans to switch to 100% carbon-neutral power generation by 2050, a sharp turnaround from a company that spent tens of millions of dollars two years ago to fight a ballot measure requiring it to use renewable sources.

Jan 14, 2020

APS boss promises no more campaign cash for regulators

The new CEO of Arizona Public Service Co. vowed today the company, its parent company, Pinnacle West, and other known affiliates won’t spend money on campaigns for utility regulators while he’s in charge.

Dec 4, 2019

APS CEO, staff to appear before Corporation Commission

It took the former CEO of APS roughly 10 years to answer questions at the Arizona Corporation Commission and it’s taken less than one month for his successor to do the same.

Sep 5, 2019

Utility regulators, APS boss spend all day in a verbal joust

After more than five years as one of the most influential behind-the-scenes players in Arizona politics, Don Brandt took center stage at the Arizona Corporation Commission on September 4 to answer questions about shut offs and political spending, among other topics.

Sep 4, 2019

APS executive makes no promises on future political spending

The incoming chief executive of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. refused Wednesday to promise that the company won't spend money in the future to elect utility regulators of its choosing.

Aug 21, 2019

APS chief to step down in November

The head of the state's largest electric company is stepping down, but not before utility regulators get a chance to grill him next month on company practices and policies.

Jul 10, 2019

Utility regulators vote to keep 2017 APS rate hike

Customers of the state's largest electric company are apparently stuck with the bills they're getting now, at least for the foreseeable future.

Jul 2, 2019

Ties run deep, many between APS and Republican candidates for utility regulator

With three seats open and five Republicans already filed to run who have ties to Arizona Public Service, the Arizona Corporation Commission is shaping up for a big election in 2020. Kim Owens, the latest Republican candidate to jump into the race, currently works as a senior account executive for Gordon C. James Public Relations […]

Jul 1, 2019

Utility regulator seeks outside probe of heat death

The newest state utility regulator wants an outside investigation of the heat-related death of an Arizona Public Service customer and the policies of the Arizona Corporation Commission and the actions of its staff that may have contributed to that.