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122 degrees for days: the looming Phoenix heat wave that could harm thousands

Posted by   /  September 9, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

How climate change could bring the Katrina of extreme heat to Arizona By Umair Irfan | Vox To live in the 21st century is to live with the threat of weather growing more and more wicked. Droughts, heat waves, and wildfires are growing more intense and dangerous from global warming and rising greenhouse gas emissions. […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] California farmers planting solar panels as water supplies dry up

Posted by   /  September 9, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Solar energy projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California’s agriculture industry to scale back./Los Angele Times Governing magazine Jon Reiter banked the four-seat Cessna aircraft hard to the right, angling to get a better look at the solar panels glinting in the […]

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Report says using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law

Posted by   /  September 9, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Kailey Broussard | Cronkite News  The Trump Administration violated federal law when it diverted funds for national park improvements toward keeping places like Grand Canyon National Park open during the last government shutdown, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday. The 17-page legal opinion claims the Interior Department’s decision to use park maintenance fees for […]

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Ducey comes out on climate

Posted by   /  September 7, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services FILE The acknowledgment regarding climate changes comes four years after Ducey, just months after being sworn into office, had a decidedly different take By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services Gov. Doug Ducey has come around to what a majority of Arizonans believe: human activity is affecting the climate. “I imagine it’s […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] Xcel taps Mortenson for half-gigawatt Colorado Project

Posted by   /  September 7, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate  /  No Comments

 Utility moving ahead with plans for Colorado wind farm/Fox 31 North American Windpower Xcel Energy has selected longtime partner Mortenson to build the 500 MW Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project in Colorado. Slated for completion in December 2020, the facility will represent the state’s second-largest single-phase wind project in the state. Vestas will be supplying V120 […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] California senator proposes legislation to limit PG&E power shutoffs

Posted by   /  September 7, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Bill Shaw of the Calistoga grocery store Cal Mart is among the businesses worried about PG&E’s power shutoffs./Photo: Lacy Atkins / Special to the Chronicle By Dustin Gardiner | San Francisco Chronicle State Sen. Scott Wiener has proposed legislation that he says will prevent Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities from turning off […]

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Rosemont Copper Co. asks judge to junk or amend ruling that stopped mine

Posted by   /  September 6, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

An imagining of what the proposed Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson, with its half-mile-deep open pit, would look like from the air./Courtesy of Rosemont Copper By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star   The company proposing to build the Rosemont Mine wants a federal judge to toss out or at […]

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Utility regulators scold APS boss, suggest plot to disrupt commission, ‘purchase’ officials

Posted by   /  September 4, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic Utility regulators scolded the CEO of Arizona Public Service Co. on Wednesday for his company’s role in shutting off power to customers who don’t pay, funding elections for the company’s own regulators and a variety of other issues. Don Brandt, the CEO of APS and its parent company, Pinnacle […]

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Taking stock: APS’s election spending meant millions for its CEO

Posted by   /  September 3, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News  /  No Comments

Arizona Public Service and Pinnacle West CEO Don Brandt, via YouTube By Jim Small| Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror Arizona voters went to the polls in 2014 to elect new members to the Corporation Commission, which regulates most utilities in the state. The state’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service, secretly spent millions of dollars to […]

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Permanent ban proposed on electricity cutoffs on Arizona’s hottest, coldest days

Posted by   /  September 1, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star  Arizonans would get permanent protection against having their electricity cut off on the hottest days of the year under a plan being advanced by state Corporation Commission staff. The proposal unveiled Friday would bar service termination if the weather forecast for the next five days […]

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