Identical measures in the House and Senate, HB2248 and SB1175, are targeting new bipartisan clean energy rules currently under consideration by the Arizona Corporation Commission–rules that will save ratepayers money, while simultaneously boosting Arizona’s economy at a time when we need it most. If enacted, this legislation will strip the Corporation Commission of its rulemaking authority and ensure that the state’s ratepayers—lawmakers’ constituents and voters—ultimately pay much more for electricity than folks in neighboring states.
The Arizona Technology Council and The Western Way release new report outlining how clean energy has the potential to play a significant role in the post-pandemic economic recovery, the Arizona Corporation Commission elects new department chair, the University of Arizona’s Center for Innovation awarded DoE contract to support clean-energy innovators, General Motors commits to fighting for electric vehicle market share, Lucid Motors on track to begin production of Lucid Air luxury electric sedan, Global Water Resources to provide water to Nikola Motor Company facility, and more.
In a dramatic policy shift to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and also for economic reasons, Tucson Electric Power will stop using coal to generate electricity by 2032 and will increase renewable energy’s share of its energy load to more than 70% by 2035. The plan will require 1% annual electric rate increases a year to put into effect. The utility’s switch from fossil fuels is spelled out in the plan, submitted to the Arizona Corporation Commission.