Bill protecting utilities from possible energy mandates awaits governor’s pen

Pending ballot measure would require half of all electricity generated by most utilities

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Claiming they’re protecting Arizonans from a California millionaire, Republican lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation to allow the state’s utilities to effectively ignore any new voter-mandated requirements for renewable energy.

On paper, HB 2005 does not forbid voters from considering the Clean Energy for Healthy Arizona amendment to the state constitution. That measure would require that half of all electricity generated by most utilities to come from renewable sources by 2030.

Backers have until July 5 to get at least 225,953 valid signatures on petitions to put the issue to voters in November.



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