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Ducey signs legislation to protect utilities from proposed renewable energy requirements

Posted by   /  March 24, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Ignoring last-minute requests for a veto, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Friday to protect utilities from having to generate more of the power sold to their Arizona customers from renewable sources. The move comes despite a letter from various groups with environmental interests that […]

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State regulators subpoena Johnson Utilities owner

Posted by   /  March 23, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

PinalCentral The owner of a Pinal County utility company has been subpoenaed to testify in front of state regulators. The Arizona Corporation Commission ordered George Johnson of Johnson Utilities in San Tan Valley to appear for questioning [March 29]. The testimony will concern Johnson’s continued ownership in the utility and his involvement in the operations […]

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Bill protecting utilities from possible energy mandates awaits governor’s pen

Posted by   /  March 23, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Pending ballot measure would require half of all electricity generated by most utilities By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Claiming they’re protecting Arizonans from a California millionaire, Republican lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to legislation to allow the state’s utilities to effectively ignore any new voter-mandated requirements for renewable energy. […]

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SRP, Tesla settle lawsuit brought by SolarCity

Posted by   /  March 21, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Tim Gallen | Phoenix Business Journal Salt River Project and SolarCity parent company Tesla reached a deal to settle a longstanding lawsuit brought against the utility by the solar company. Three years ago, SolarCity sued SRP over newly enacted rate plans that impacted solar customers. The installer contended the changes would increase rates substantially […]

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Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s ‘least sustainable’ city survive?

Posted by   /  March 20, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

Set deep in the Valley of the Sun, the lush and sprawling ‘megapolis’ has a problem – the rivers By Joanna Walters | The Guardian Jennifer Afshar and her husband, John, pushed their bikes across the grass and paused to savour the sunshine, while their two boys went to look at the duck pond. Other […]

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Solar customers don’t have to pay some taxes, state Supreme Court rules

Posted by   /  March 16, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic The Arizona Supreme Court in a ruling Friday spared tens of thousands of homeowners who lease rooftop solar panels from paying property taxes to the state on that equipment. “Because taxpayers do not operate electric generation facilities, (the Arizona Department of Revenue) lacks authority under (state law) to value […]

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Who’s greener? California housing plan splits would-be allies

Posted by   /  March 16, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate  /  No Comments

Legislation would permit more home building along transit routes to reduce gas-guzzling commutes. Some who support the goal have denounced the method By Conor Dougherty and Brad Plumer | The New York Times It’s an audacious proposal to get Californians out of their cars: a bill in the State Legislature that would allow eight-story buildings […]

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SRP threatens solar candidates over trademark

Posted by   /  March 16, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News  /  1 Comment

‘That is some brazen governmental hypocrisy on display,’ said Court Rich, Rose Law Group senior partner, and director of the Renewable Energy Department Five candidates who want Salt River Project to use more solar energy received four cease-and-desist letters from SRP attorneys, reports Ryan Randazzo of The Arizona Republic. Calling it “SRP Clean Energy,” the […]

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Senate panel approves legislation to override energy initiative mandate

Posted by   /  March 15, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times State senators voted Wednesday to give utilities a way to avoid having to get half their electricity from renewable sources by 2030 even if voters mandate that they do so. HB 2005 would not directly overrule the effects of the initiative being financed by […]

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Corporation Commission files complaint against Johnson Utilities; seeks to appoint interim manager to run the utility

Posted by   /  March 15, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

Complaint cites the utility’s ‘failure to . . . promote its customers’ health and safety’ By Jake Kincaid | PinalCentral The Arizona Corporation Commission has refused to delay taking action on Johnson Utilities. In a lengthy meeting Tuesday, the ACC discussed its ongoing investigation into the utility and the possibility of filing an order to […]

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