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NextEra Energy Resources, SRP unveil innovative energy plant

Posted by   /  May 18, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

AZBigMedia NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project today announced the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a universal-scale, integrated solar plant equipped with a battery system that will store energy and enable SRP to provide clean energy to customers when usage is at its highest and needed most. The 20MW solar photovoltaic […]

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[OPINION] Rose: Kill the EDGE so Scottsdale can solve critical matters

Posted by   /  May 18, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  1 Comment

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) By Jason Rose | Scottsdale Independent On July 4 America will celebrate Independence Day. A day later let’s hope Scottsdale will be able to celebrate a different kind of independence, that from the divisiveness and political debilitation of the Desert Discovery Center/Desert Edge. On July […]

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[OPINION] In defense of requiring solar on all new homes

Posted by   /  May 16, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  1 Comment

By Court Rich | Senior Partner/Director Rose Law Group Renewable Energy Dept. Last Wednesday, the California Energy Commission implemented a requirement that all new homes constructed after January 1, 2020, include rooftop solar. This requirement builds upon previous state codes that, like many jurisdictions across the country, already required every new home to have a […]

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APS supports one clean-energy plan, fights another; critics say utility can’t be trusted

Posted by   /  May 14, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic The state’s biggest electric company will mostly support a plan from state utility regulators to significantly boost the requirement for renewable energy. Arizona Public Service Co.’s support for the plan comes as the utility actively campaigns against a similar renewable-energy measure whose backers are gathering signatures to get on […]

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What would happen if Arizona required solar power for all new homes?

Posted by   /  May 14, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo and Catherine Reagor | The Republic The California Energy Commission this week required all new homes built in that state to have rooftop solar starting in 2020. The bold new requirement raises an interesting question for the Golden State’s sun-drenched neighbor: What would happen if Arizona enacted such a policy? Some new housing developments […]

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‘Wakeup Call’: East Valley losing thousands in recycling revenue

Posted by   /  May 14, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Science  /  No Comments

By Rick Barrs | East Valley Tribune Described as a “wakeup call” to the United States, the Republic of China’s decision to cease serving as a garbage dump for the world has crippled East Valley municipal recycling businesses, costing municipalities hundreds of thousands of dollars. The impact is dramatic: Last year, Chandler earned over a […]

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California makes history: All new homes to have solar panels starting in 2020

Posted by   /  May 10, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate  /  1 Comment

Solar Builder How’s this for a solar shot in the arm: California has approved a new policy that will require virtually all new homes in the state to incorporate solar panels starting in 2020. The California Energy Commission voted today to adopt the policy as part of the state’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards after working […]

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Hunt Management officer can’t account for $9 million in Johnson Utilities payments

Posted by   /  May 8, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

By Jake Kincaid | PinalCentral Brad Cole, chief operating officer of Hunt Management, failed to explain Monday what happens to approximately $9 million in revenue — paid by Johnson Utiliies customers — that is funneled to subsidiary company Ultra Management despite the fact that Chris Johnson, the owner of the subsidiary, testified that Cole could […]

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State: No signs of health concerns in air around egg farms in West Valley

Posted by   /  May 8, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Laura Gómez | The Republic State environmental-quality and health agency officials say there are no signs of health concerns in Tonopah and Arlington, where residents have complained for years of chemical emissions from operations at Hickman’s Egg Farms. The state wrapped up a first round of testing in March, with more refined testing to follow in May […]

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Regulator frustrated trying to get financial data on Johnson Utilities

Posted by   /  May 4, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

PinalCentral In a letter posted to the Arizona Corporation Commission’s online docket Thursday, Commissioner Andy Tobin expressed his concern with a series of roadblocks to his requests for transparent information from Johnson Utilities, a regulated monopoly. The Corporation Commission is in its third week of evidentiary hearings related to allegations of billing, water and wastewater […]

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