[OPINION] Utility regulator should not undercut Arizona’s energy efficiency leadership

Darrell Fox/Arizona Capitol Times

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By Darrell Fox | Arizona Capitol Times

State action may threaten about 40,000 jobs in Arizona’s energy industry, but those jobs aren’t ones that immediately come to mind. Instead, the 40,000 jobs – more than coal, wind, solar, oil and gas combined – are in energy efficiency. These well-paying jobs can’t be outsourced because the work (like installation of equipment) must be done locally. Yet the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) will soon review utilities’ requests that could scale back the very policies that have encouraged job creation and savings for Arizona consumers and businesses. The ACC should understand that strong utility policies support energy efficiency jobs, including for my coworkers at Dynamic Systems, Inc.

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