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No Christmas tree atop Camelback Mountain, panel advises

Posted by   /  May 24, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Kaila White | The Republic Nearly six months after controversy initially broke out over whether a holiday tree should be allowed on the summit of Camelback Mountain, a city of Phoenix committee voted unanimously Monday night recommending the city ban the tradition altogether. “I was totally surprised, as was everyone else there,” said John […]

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Renewable energy powers jobs for almost 10 million people

Posted by   /  May 24, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Mahmoud Habboush | Bloomberg Renewable energy employed 9.8 million people last year, up 1.1 percent from 2015, led by solar photovoltaic at 3.09 million jobs, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s annual report on the industry. Growth has slowed in the past two years while solar photovoltaic and wind categories more than doubled […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for May 22, 2017: Huntsman merger chemical industry is seeing more consolidation.

Posted by   /  May 22, 2017  /  Education, Energy and Environment, Regional News, Transportation  /  No Comments

Utah: Huntsman Corp. to merge with Swiss rival Clariant to create a chemical giant New Mexico: School districts, families sue state over education funding After years of planning, California likely to roll out earthquake early warning system next year, scientists say The sun could soon shine again on rooftop solar in Nevada Diesel drivers who […]

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Power official backs transparency bill, after questions about spending

Posted by   /  May 20, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  This Pinal County substation is part of the Western Area Power Administration network that tranmits electricity to more than 40 million people in 15 central and Western states, including Arizona. (Photo by Todd Rhoades/Western Area Power) Western Area Power Administration interim Chief Financial Officer Dennis Sullivan, second from left, said his agency is committed […]

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Court of Appeals rules no property tax for rooftop solar panels

Posted by   /  May 19, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News  /  No Comments

Rose Law Group Reporter Thursday the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that companies leasing rooftop systems to homeowners should not be subjected to a new set of property taxes that the Department of Revenue only recently sought to impose on these businesses. (Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents one of the taxpayers that prevailed in this […]

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How will robots change the agricultural industry in Arizona?

Posted by   /  May 19, 2017  /  Economy, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Workers at Abby Lee Farms in Phoenix use stilts to help them reach the top of the tomato plants, which can reach near the ceiling of the greenhouse. (Photo by Josh Orcutt/Cronkite News) By Adriana Becerra | Cronkite News Thursday, May 18, 2017 PHOENIX – Each day, workers at Abby Lee Farms walk down the […]

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Arizona Mining Association rallies support for Navajo Generating Station

Posted by   /  May 16, 2017  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

AZ Business Magazine The Arizona Mining Association brought together policymakers, tribal leaders and industry members to demonstrate support for long-term operation of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) at a major Phoenix rally. Leaders emphasized the importance of keeping the plant operating well into the future to protect affordable energy, skilled Navajo and Hopi jobs and […]

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Water Hole: No running water on Navajo Nation reservation

Posted by   /  May 16, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

By Ethan Millman | Cronkite News ONUMENT VALLEY – On the outskirts of Monument Valley, touching the Arizona-Utah border, a water well is encased in a brick building behind a barb-wired fence. A few cattle graze nearby, mooing to occasionally pierce the quiet. Residents say the well is one of two in the area, a couple […]

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Tucson Electric Power proposes higher charges, fewer credits for future solar customers; ‘Aggressively anti-consumer,’ says Court Rich, Rose Law Group senior partner and director of Renewable Energy Department

Posted by   /  May 14, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  1 Comment

By David Wichner | Arizona Daily Star ucson Electric Power has proposed a new rate structure for those who install rooftop solar in the future that would cut credits for excess solar production.Tucson Electric Power Co. has proposed a new rate structure for future customers with rooftop solar that would cut credits for excess solar […]

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Tesla claims its solar roof ‘pays for itself’

Posted by   /  May 13, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate  /  1 Comment

By Carla Mozee and Claudia Assis | MarketWatch Company says ‘typical homeowner’ can expect to pay $21.85 per square foot for solar roof Tesla Inc. started taking orders on its solar roof on Wednesday, saying the product’s price is comparable with the price of a regular roof once energy savings are factored in. Earlier Wednesday, […]

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