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Regulators approve big Arizona power line project

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

By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a new power line project in the East Valley proposed by Salt River Project. The ACC approved the SRP utility’s plans for power lines in Chandler’s Price Road Corridor. The regulatory board approved plans for underground power lines connecting to a new substation. […]

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APS derides Burns’ attempt to have court overturn rate hike

Posted by   /  August 30, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Attorneys for Arizona Public Service are deriding efforts by Bob Burns to have the state Supreme Court overturn a 3.3 percent rate hike just approved by the other utility regulators. In new legal filings, Mary O’Grady, lead lawyer for the state’s largest electric company, said […]

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Corporation Commission approves APS rate hike

Posted by   /  August 15, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times State utility regulators agreed this afternoon to allow APS to collect another $95 million a year from its customers. But whether the company gets to keep it remains to be seen. The 4-1 vote by the Arizona Corporation Commission came after the majority rejected a […]

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Judge insists he can decide extent of corporation commissioner’s powers

Posted by   /  August 8, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A Maricopa County Superior Court judge said he has the legal right to decide whether state regulator Bob Burns has the unilateral power to subpoena utility executives, even in the face of opposition of the other four members of the Arizona Corporation Commission. In […]

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APS in court to block corporation commissioner from grilling executives

Posted by   /  August 3, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The attorney for the state’s largest electric company told a trial judge Wednesday he has no authority to decide whether a utility regulator can grill her client’s executives. Mary O’Grady argued that any dispute over how the Arizona Corporation Commission decides issues can go only […]

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Tucson Electric seeks small increase in renewable energy program

Posted by   /  July 31, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By David Wichner | Arizona Daily Star Tucson Electric Power Co. has proposed a small increase to its renewable energy program budget next year, while bumping up the caps on surcharges customers pay to support the programs. In a recent filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission, TEP has proposed a 2018 program budget of about […]

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Judge rejects APS move to get rate ruling before court decision

Posted by   /  July 20, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral A judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Arizona Public Service to let the Arizona Corporation Commission vote on the company’s rate hike request before he considers claims by one utility regulator that he has a right to question company executives about their political influence over […]

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[OPINION] Not all solar power is created equal

Posted by   /  December 19, 2016  /  Energy and Environment  /  1 Comment

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) My Turn: If rooftop and utility-scale solar should be valued the same, so should raw wheat and Honey Nut Cheerios. By Jim Mapstead | The Republic Arizona’s solar energy future is at stake as the Arizona Corporation Commission decides the value of solar at a […]

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Religious group backs rooftop solar

Posted by   /  November 23, 2016  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

A group of 29 religious leaders representing diverse faiths have sent a letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) in support of including the full, long-term benefits of rooftop solar in the proceeding  (Docket E-00000J-14-0023) to determine a methodology for calculating the benefits and costs of rooftop solar, a news release from the group on […]

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Feud with Johnson Utilities: Plan out of bounds?

Posted by   /  May 5, 2016  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Mark Cowling | Casa Grande Dispatch A Pinal County golf course resort is continuing its fight to keep receiving treated effluent from a local water utility. Johnson Utilities’ plan to stop selling treated sewer effluent to The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch would be of no benefit to customers or the environment and would […]

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