If renewable energy mandate passes, state regulators could kill it if it would affect ‘the well-being of this state’

APS, legislators open second front against ballot resolution

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Service via The Daily Courier

Afraid that voters might like a renewable energy mandate, the state’s largest utility is working with lawmakers to put its own alternative on the November ballot.

On paper, what’s going to the Senate Appropriations Committee has the same goal as the initiative of having 50 percent of what’s generated in Arizona produced by renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal by 2030. That compares with the current mandate of the Arizona Corporation Commission for 15 percent renewables by 20205.

But the measure crafted by Arizona Public Service Co. would provide an escape clause.

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