More than 30 large organizations, including major businesses and energy consumers in Arizona, called on the state’s utility regulators to finalize and implement new Clean Energy Rules that will require Arizona Public Service Company and Tucson Electric Power to generate 100% carbon-free electricity and expand programs to eliminate energy waste.
Did you see the new climate change report released by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week? The information shared was stark and an important reminder that the climate crisis is real, and we all need to do our part to help.
Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy and community leaders urged Arizona’s elected leaders in Washington to support federal investments in clean transportation infrastructure in Flagstaff, the Navajo Nation and northern parts of Arizona. The press conference was sponsored by Moms Clean Air Force Arizona and is part of a series of grassroots events coordinated by the Climate Action Campaign. Speakers called for bold federal investments in clean transportation to support the expansion of electric buses and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Flagstaff and on the Navajo Nation.
It’s disappointing that Arizona Corporation Commission Chair Lea Márquez Peterson has reversed her position, voting down a bipartisan set of clean-energy rules twice in one month. We are especially pleased to see the strong energy-efficiency standard and a 100% carbon-free electricity standard included in the package. While we would have liked to see a more aggressive timeline for Arizona to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity, the compromise of a strong interim target to achieve 50% clean energy by 2032 will go a long way to growing a thriving clean-energy industry.
Lucid Motors weighs alternatives due to chip shortage; Microsoft launches new cloud region in Arizona while meeting renewable energy goals; Fisker to produce a climate neutral vehicle by 2027; the Keystone XL Pipeline is officially done; a new equitable, electric car-sharing program in St. Louis is one of several around the country helping to make electric vehicles more accessible; and more.
Arizona utility company Salt River Project advances solar in the desert; Nikola Corporation announces collaboration to expedite zero-emission transportation; KORE Power names Arizona as one of three finalists for new lithium-ion battery factory; ElectraMeccanica breaks ground on Mesa manufacturing facility; Gilbert, Ariz.-based Footprint recognized as one of the country’s top, private-sector sustainability innovators; and more.
Commissioner Márquez Peterson’s energy–smart leadership has the Arizona Corporation Commission going in the right direction, making sure that Arizonans realize the full benefits of current energy market trends. Beyond being good for our wallets, it represents the most prudent, market-oriented, and conservative path forward for Arizona.
Lucid Motors announces a handful of technology executives are joining the company as its merger with Churchill Capital IV Corp. is headed for its close after a volatile period.
Tucson Electric Power hires its first female CEO; Honeywell to Go Carbon Neutral by 2035; Canada-based Electric vehicle battery recycler Li-Cycle Corp. plans new facility in Gilbert; The University of Arizona partners with nonprofit Carbon Mapper to launch satellite program to track greenhouse gas emissions; Nikola Corporation accelerates deployment of hydrogen infrastructure and fueling solutions; Tempe-based software company Persefoni raises $9.7 million on the path to carbon neutrality; Arizona Public Service launches Going Green + Going Smart Program; the U.S.-Israel Energy Center announces winner of $6m funding for cybersecurity solutions in energy sector; European oil company Shell issues warning at trade groups over climate; and more.
The Arizona Technology Council announced its support to Arizona Public Service and CEO Jeff Guldner for their commitment to a clean energy future in Arizona. The utility’s decision to increase its use of renewable energy is critical to the trajectory of developing technologies that will ensure reliable and affordable energy sources.