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 Technology Council held a virtual panel discussion with a distinguished panel of infrastructure expert from the City of Mesa, Cyxtera Technologies, Salt River Project and Life 365 Inc. Panelists discussed he vital role infrastructure plays in the economy, the growth of technology jobs in the infrastructure space, and the new opportunities in a true sustainability-driven economy. Moderated by Kirk Busch, CEO of BigData Southwest & the chairman of Az4Solar.org, it was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.