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Court rejects power co-op’s appeal for $7 million tax refund

Posted by   /  March 28, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A Southeast Arizona electric cooperative remains on the hook for more than $7 million in taxes to the state. The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday rebuffed arguments by the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative that it need not pay the state’s use tax on coal […]

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What’s being done to improve Arizona’s infrastructure

Posted by   /  March 27, 2017  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Real Estate, Transportation, Water  /  No Comments

AzBigMedia Arizona’s infrastructure is the subject of significant debate this legislative session. While infrastructure can be defined in many ways, it is essential for the efficient movement of people, goods and elections. Last fall, a citizen task force studied the issue of transportation funding. Their efforts resulted in several pieces of legislation considered by the […]

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Scorching Phoenix may be out of position to deal with climate change

Posted by   /  March 27, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By William Yardley | Los Angeles Times This sprawling metropolis morphed in a matter of decades from a scorching desert outpost into one of the largest cities in the nation. Today, Phoenix is a horizon of asphalt, air conditioning and historic indifference to the pitfalls of putting 1.5 million people in a place that gets […]

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Court rejects cases on Navajo Generating Station impact

Posted by   /  March 22, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Joseph Guzman | Cronkite News A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the coal-fired power plant and another questioned the process that calls for the plant’s closure. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday […]

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Resolution mine official calls permitting process a barrier to business

Posted by   /  March 22, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Dustin Quiroz | Cronkite News Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Resolution Copper. WASHINGTON – The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs to begin mining in the U.S., a company official testified Tuesday. Nigel Steward, managing […]

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Greatest share of Pinnacle West 2016 political spending went to ACC race

Posted by   /  March 18, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times The parent company of the state’s largest utility spent more than $10 million on political ventures in 2016, according to an annual report released Friday. But, notably, the company did not disclose any previous spending on electioneering. Political spending by dark money groups on the 2014 Arizona Corporation […]

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Utility regulators vote 3-1 to let APS slide on political finance records

Posted by   /  March 14, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic Arizona utility regulators voted 3-1 Tuesday to fire an attorney and allow Arizona Public Service Co. to openly defy one regulator’s orders to provide political finance records. The five Arizona Corporation Commissioners had a brief, heated discussion over the matter. Commissioner Robert Burns issued subpoenas to APS and its […]

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Scottsdale property owners to pay $3 million to bury power lines near WestWorld, but there’s a catch

Posted by   /  March 14, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

But unless the city pitches in, the lines will still be positioned above the event center and its horse statue By Joshua Bowling | The Republic Plans to string high-voltage power lines near the entrance to Scottsdale’s WestWorld event center have changed after nearby property owners opted to tax themselves about $3 million to bury […]

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Constitutional issue stymies bill to remove co-ops from ACC regulation

Posted by   /  March 13, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times A bill to ease regulations for Arizona’s electric cooperatives stalled after questions about its constitutionality. But there could still be a push for a future ballot measure to remove co-ops from regulation by the Arizona Corporation Commission. HB2524, sponsored by Republican Rep. Rusty Bowers, would have declared that […]

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APS drops lawsuit against subpoena

Posted by   /  March 11, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun The state’s largest electric utility may have outmaneuvered a utility regulator in the fight over its records about its campaign spending. Related: Arizona Corporation Commission To Hold Public Comment In APS Rate Settlement Arizona Public Service and Pinnacle West Capital Corp., its parent, have […]

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