A controversial bill to prohibit Arizona’s utility regulators from setting state energy policy appears dead after a Republican senator decided he cannot support it. Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale, told the Arizona Capitol Times that he still has too many outstanding questions about SB1175, which would allow only the Legislature to set energy policy. The House and Senate just don’t have the same expertise as the Arizona Corporation Commission, Boyer said.
The Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with The Western Way, released its report detailing how policymakers can incorporate energy innovation into Arizona’s plan for recovering from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. The report outlines the economic benefit of energy innovation and specific recommendations for policymakers to integrate clean energy and clean technology initiatives into the recovery plan roadmap.
Apple unveiled its plan to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030. In its 2020 Environmental Progress Report, Apple details its plans to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 while developing innovative carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25% of its comprehensive footprint.
Nikola Motors Corporation, a global transportation leader in zero-emissions and infrastructure solutions, is one step closer to bringing a 1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility to Coolidge, Ariz. following an official groundbreaking ceremony on its approximate 430-acre parcel.
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.
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.
The Arizona Technology Council’s June 2020 Tech Sector Speaker Series event featured a distinguished panel of sustainability experts who shared their insight and expertise on how renewable energy technologies are driving economic development. Moderated by Michelle De Blasi, Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Attorney, it was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.
As Congress looks for targeted and timely ways to prime the economy for recovery, it should seize this opportunity to modernize the nation’s power system with investments that will pay dividends for the economy and the environment for generations.
A new survey finds that a majority of Arizonans (65%) support requiring Arizona electric utilities to generate 100% clean energy by 2050, why electric trucks are the inevitable future, technology and digital transformation are key to modernization in the energy industry, ‘cool pavement’ experiments in Los Angeles is help urban planners find ways to ease rising temperatures, GM’s million-mile electric vehicle battery, and more.