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House development challenges Benson, San Pedro River

Posted by   /  March 10, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate, Water  /  No Comments

By Erik Kolsrud | Arizona Sonora News The future of the 70,000-person residential community Villages at Vigneto lives or dies on a single decision by the Army Corps of Engineers, potentially dooming the San Pedro River or reversing the fortunes of Benson. However, not a single person lives in the community, because it doesn’t exist […]

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Business leaders join to solve Westworld of Scottsdale power line predicament

Posted by   /  March 9, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Terrance Thornton | Scottsdale Independent A new taxing district is likely to emerge within Scottsdale city limits as business owners band together to help shoulder the costs of burying power lines in and around WestWorld of Scottsdale. Arizona Public Service announced about two years ago it was examining a route for a new 69-kilovolt […]

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All APS solar settlement coverage in one place

Posted by   /  March 6, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  1 Comment

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Energy Freedom Coalition of America) Arizona solar industry hopeful settlement signals end of utility attacks on solar Arizona Public Service, Solar Industry Reach Critical Settlement in Contentious Rate Case Arizona Public Service, solar industry reach critical rate case settlement APS Reaches Settlement In Rate Case, Rolls Back Mandatory Demand Charge […]

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Just 15 % of Arizona remains in drought conditions after wet winter

Posted by   /  March 4, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Jim Cross | KTAR Just 15 percent of Arizona is still experiencing drought conditions after the wettest winter in the state in seven years, a government agency said Friday. Dino DeSimone with the Natural Resources Conservation Service said the big storm earlier this week gave Arizona a good bump in the snowpack. “All of […]

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Arizona Rep. Brenda Barton has recommended repeal of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Posted by   /  March 1, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  1 Comment

By Olivia Q Davila | Independent News Arizona Rep. Brenda Barton has recommended the repeal and replacement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s final proposed Clean Power Plan, suggesting that it could be problematic to the state. Even after the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electric utility generating units, was […]

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Arizona solar industry hopeful settlement signals end of utility attacks on solar

Posted by   /  March 1, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  1 Comment

(Editor’s note: News releases are published unedited unless they contain factual errors.) Arizona Solar Industries Association The Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association (AriSEIA) announced today that it has agreed to terms on a comprehensive settlement of the ongoing and contentious Arizona Public Service (APS) rate case.  While the settlement’s terms are expected to result in an […]

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Scottsdale mayor: No Desert Discovery Center without public vote

Posted by   /  February 25, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Parker Leavitt | The Republic Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane weighed in on controversial plans for a Desert Discovery Center during his annual State of the City address, saying a public vote should precede any further action once project details are released later this year In front of several hundred community leaders inside the Scottsdale […]

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Here’s exactly how much less water is in the Colorado River because of climate change

Posted by   /  February 22, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

Researchers say current water-resource planning underestimates the effect of climate change on the Colorado River water supplies. Record-setting drought reduced flows on the Colorado River by nearly 20 percent for the first 15 years of this century, but scientists say drought is not the only reason the water has slowed. Climate change made a bad […]

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Gilbert apartment complex joins ‘smart home’ movement, but will the trend take off?

Posted by   /  February 22, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Farai Bennett | Cronkite News GILBERT – The apartments at Vistara at San Tan Village look like many other “luxury” units available in the Valley with its granite countertops and walk-in closets.But step inside one of the Gilbert complex’s apartments, and you can control the thermostat, turn on the lights, lock the door and […]

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Arizona water users better off without Navajo Generating Station coal plant, say officials

Posted by   /  February 17, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic Metro Phoenix won’t dry up without the Navajo Generating Station coal plant, which powers the Central Arizona Project canal and is slated for closure, officials said Thursday. In fact, water prices could go down on the massive aqueduct that brings Colorado River water to Phoenix and Tucson, executives from […]

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