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Power grab: Company that promises 100% renewable energy wants to challenge APS, Tucson Electric; Court Rich, co-founder of Rose Law Group, comments

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Green Mountain Energy Co.)

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

An electric company that provides 100% renewable energy wants to compete head to head with Arizona Public Service Co. and Tucson Electric Power, giving customers a choice in whom they pay for electricity.

Green Mountain Energy Co. is a subsidiary of Princeton, New Jersey-based NRG Energy Inc. The company has filed an application with the Arizona Corporation Commission to serve homes and businesses in the APS and TEP territories.

Currently those customers have no choice in who provides their electricity, as Arizona does not have an operating competitive market, but Green Mountain argues the law allows for it.

“Approval of this application is in the public interest because it will result in more options for customers and expand the availability of renewable energy in Arizona,” the company wrote in its application. “Indeed, by approving this application the commission can enable Arizonans to not only choose their electricity provider, but also choose the type of generation they would like to receive. Green Mountain is uniquely qualified to provide these new options to Arizonans.”

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“I am a renewable energy advocate who also supports robust competition, and Green Mountain’s application is perfectly designed to leverage consumer choice and competition to drive more clean energy adoption in Arizona. Arizonans deserve to make their own decisions about not just their energy provider but also what kind of energy they want to use to power their lives.”  

Court Rich, Rose Law Group Co-founder, Senior Partner, Director of Renewable Energy Law

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