Defamation lawsuit filed over Prop. 127; potential fines for towns also on table

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

 

By Patrick O’Grady |Phoenix Business Journal

A proposition aimed at mandating more renewable energy in Arizona has featured a bruising fight that now includes a defamation lawsuit and six cities and towns potentially facing fines for their opposition.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Clean Energy for a Health Arizona group that supports Proposition 127, which would change the state’s constitution and require public utilities get 50 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2030. Brnovich says the group’s ads targeting him are not true.

The ads take issue with Brnovich’s office adding the words “irrespective of cost to consumers” to the ballot proposition, a move the Clean Energy group has tied to donations Arizona Public Service Co. and its parent, Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) made to his re-election campaign, according to Capitol Media Services and the Arizona Capitol Times.

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