Houston-based Green Mountain Energy applies to enter Arizona’s electricity market; Nikola Corporation awarded nearly $2M U.S. Department of Energy grant; the city of Phoenix comes in at No. 7 for being the best-prepared metro area for electric cars; Social-media giant Facebook announces its new $800M solar-powered data center in Mesa; regional airline Mesa Air Group is looking to make more electric aircraft investments; NextEra Energy Resources plans 3,000-acre solar energy project in Buckeye; and more.
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.
We are in the middle of one of the biggest revolutions in motoring, with electric vehicles rapidly gaining significant ground. And for good reason too.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego today joined business leaders to call for modernizing the transportation sector by investing in advanced vehicles and transportation infrastructure, as well as expanding electric vehicle (EV) tax incentives.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill rapidly moving through Congress is a great deal for our state and the nation.
The bill will invest $550 billion in new money in roads, bridges, ports, passenger rail, waterways and airports. Just as importantly, it will propel Arizona and the rest of the nation toward a cleaner energy future.
This project is part of SRP’s multiyear plan to address next-generation grid challenges, including managing sustainable and fast-expanding distributed energy resources such as solar panels, wind turbines and cogeneration plants, as well as handling bidirectional power flow and allowing more intermittent sources of power into the system.
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.