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Legislators who pushed APS’ agenda against renewables were rewarded with campaign contributions, new filings show

Posted by   /  July 14, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Utility PAC also spent big on federal and local races By Energy and Policy Institute The political action committee run by the parent company of Arizona’s largest monopoly utility, Arizona Public Service, rewarded Arizona legislators that backed its effort to stop a renewable energy ballot initiative with campaign contributions, according to campaign finance disclosures filed […]

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Johnson Utilities: ALJ recommends that ACC appoint Interim Manager; ‘something had to be done’ says Court Rich, Rose Law Group senior partner and director of Renewable Energy Department

Posted by   /  July 13, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Jake Kincaid | Casa Grande Dispatch Administrative Law Judge Sarah Harping, who presided over the evidentiary hearing on Johnson Utilities’ operations, has recommended that the Arizona Corporation Commission appoint an interim manager for the company owned by George Johnson. The order and recommended opinion was released earlier than anticipated and orders staff to immediately […]

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SRP tops annual power company survey; APS ranks near bottom in West

Posted by   /  July 13, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Adrian Marsh | Phoenix Business Journal For the 17th year in a row and 19th year overall, Salt River Project ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the western U.S., according to the 2018 Electric Utility Customer Satisfaction Study by J.D. Power. Electric customers gave SRP a customer satisfaction index score of 782 on a […]

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Clean energy measure’s supporters face referendum fight

Posted by   /  July 13, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media via Ahwatukee Foothills News Pushing ahead where utility regulators so far will not, advocates of more renewable energy filed more than 480,000 signatures last week to put the question on the November ballot. The initiative, financed largely by California billionaire Tom Steyer, would require electric utilities to get […]

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Judge slams Johnson Utilities’ service, says company needs an emergency manager

Posted by   /  July 13, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic After years of overflowing sewers, noxious fumes and other problems, a judge on Thursday recommended that state regulators take control of Johnson Utilities water company away from its founder and put it in the hands of an emergency manager. The water and sewer company with about 30,000 customers in […]

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A glimpse into the future: Behold China’s FrenchDreamTowers

Posted by   /  July 12, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

  By Juan Sebastián Pinto | Forbes As the United States engages in a trade war with China, French-Chinese relations are proving more and more noteworthy for their contrasting approach to international trade. Having set three cooperative environmental goals—addressing issues in climate change, sustainable urban development, and water security—the two nations are establishing a ripe economic base for international collaboration […]

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Navajo Nation company buys stake in Four Corners Power Plant

Posted by   /  July 11, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

  By Noel Lyn Smith | Arizona Republic The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. has acquired a 7 percent stake in units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant in a purchase from 4C Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Arizona Public Service Co., the power plant’s majority owner. NTEC made the announcement in a […]

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2018’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States

Posted by   /  July 11, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Arizona ranks surprisingly least expensive By Adam McCann | WalletHub Get ready to crank up your air conditioner — and utility budget. July tends to be the hottest month of the year. So if you’re trying to beat the heat, this month’s higher-than-usual power bill could burn a hole through your wallet. In the U.S., […]

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Solar jobs the hottest and growing in 8 states

Posted by   /  July 9, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

MONEY In a rapidly transforming job market, the best way to guarantee your own job security is to pick a field that’s on the upswing. But hot careers can vary widely by location — from software developer to animal trainer to credit counselor. (Hello, Michigan.) To find the hottest up-and-coming jobs across the country, MONEY […]

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Corporation Commission director resigns amid concerns of conflict with APS

Posted by   /  July 6, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo, | Arizona Republic The Arizona Republic’s Ryan Randazzo explains what the Arizona Corporation Commission does and how these five elected officials can have a big impact on your electric bill. The executive director of the Arizona Corporation Commission has resigned after four elected commissioners raised questions about his wife’s work with Arizona […]

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