The Arizona Corporation Commission has voted to elect Republican Lea Márquez Peterson to serve as chair of the state body that sets rates and policies for utilities. Márquez Peterson can now influence the tone and direction of the regulatory body by running meetings and setting agendas as chairperson. The commission regulates electric, gas and water utilities in the state and oversees pipeline safety, railroad crossings and securities issues.
The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a plan for utilities to get all of their energy from carbon-free sources like solar and nuclear energy by 2050, bringing the state closer in line to other Western states. The new requirements would make Arizona’s renewable rules stricter than Montana, Oregon and Washington, although Washington’s goal of going carbon-free is to do so by 2045, five years earlier than Arizona.
Arizona Corporation Commission’s proposal calls for at least 50% renewables by 2035. Staff of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) on Thursday proposed a 100% Clean Energy Standard by 2050, a new integrated resource planning (IRP) process and other rule changes as part of the state’s efforts to modernize electricity regulation. The proposal includes a “technology neutral” all-source request for proposal (RFP) process where utilities solicit bids from market participants to address resource needs.
Tucson Electric Power plans to end use of coal-generated electricity by 2032, details on how to apply for SRP’s Business EV Charger Rebate; the Arizona Corporation Commission needs to raise anemic energy standards; builders and businesses are developing low-carbon concrete; Apple commits to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030; Nikola Motors Corporation, a leader in zero-emissions, is one step closer to bringing a 1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility to Coolidge, Ariz., and more.
Arizona needs aggressive, data-informed renewable energy standards. The Arizona Corporation Commission has the momentum to pass the updated standards quickly and should take action now. Now is the time to express your support for cleaner air, for greater innovation, for a vibrant economy.