Commissioners, who sit in the directors’ chairs, can and should extend and expand Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard to 35% by 2035, providing an encore to the pragmatic framework of an annual increase of energy savings as well as accountability measures such as implementation plans. Only then should they take a bow.Read More »
An Arizona utility regulator has suggested that nuclear energy should count as a renewable power source, allowing it to compete with solar and wind.Read More »
Arizona’s largest utility provider wants the state’s energy regulators to change how they evaluate compliance with renewable energy goals. As a result, rooftop-solar industry advocates once again claim the utility, Arizona Public Service, wants to kill their business. A decision on the issue is expected Thursday during an open meeting.Read More »
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.
Statewide political warfare is usually reserved for even-numbered years, targets millions of Arizona voters and follows well-defined partisan boundaries. But the fight over solar energy in Arizona has broken all those maxims this year.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 »
A likely Republican sweep of the three open Corporation Commission seats means the commission that oversees the state’s utility industry probably will consist entirely of Republicans starting in January.
Ballots continue to be counted, and Democrats trail by significant margins but still hold out hope that the results will change.
The Arizona Corporation Commission today approved a waiver for a western Arizona utility to receive renewable energy credits for energy generated by a Phoenix-area waste-to-energy plant.Read More »
A proposed waste-to-energy plant in Phoenix is being touted by supporters as a source of renewable energy and a way to minimize the amount of trash in landfills. But critics of the project argue that the waste incinerators aren’t as green as supporters make them out to be — and the proposal has a loophole that could allow a utility to get renewable energy credit for burning fossil fuels.Read More »