Former Arizona utility regulator lashes out at lawmakers seeking to upend renewable energy rules

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

Robert Burns, who spent eight years on the Corporation Commission, with two as chairman before terming out last year, said the Corporation Commission is the best venue to determine the appropriate energy mix for the state.

The Legislature’s efforts to strip state regulators of powers to set renewable-energy rules are unconstitutional and lawmakers should leave complex policy issues to the experts, former utility regulator Robert Burns said in a letter Monday.

The fiery missive to lawmakers is the latest development in a statewide debate over which elected officials have the legal authority to decide what type of energy electric companies should use. The Arizona Constitution gives the five Corporation Commissioners authority over utility rates, but several GOP lawmakers — frustrated by new clean-energy rules — want to limit the commission and keep energy policymaking for themselves.

Burns, a Republican who spent 20 years in the Arizona House and Senate, including two years as Senate President, and eight years on the Corporation Commission, with two as chairman before terming out last year, said the Corporation Commission is the best venue to determine the appropriate energy mix for the state.

READ ON:

Share this!

Additional Articles

Rose Law Group pc values “outrageous client service.” We pride ourselves on hyper-responsiveness to our clients’ needs and an extraordinary record of success in achieving our clients’ goals. We know we get results and our list of outstanding clients speaks to the quality of our work.

News Categories

Will Phoenix go dark?

Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash By Josh Kelety | Phoenix New Times  Maricopa County officials are considering a proposal that would increase the number

Read More »
February 2021
M T W T F S S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728