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Phone logs connect Corp. Commissioner to campaigns, ‘dark money’ and APS

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump repeatedly communicated with the executive director of a “dark money” group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to help elect the candidates he backed, while also keeping regular contact with those candidates, their campaign manager, and a senior executive of the state’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service.... Read more»4

APS holding co. was largest donor to 2014 federal campaigns in Arizona

Pinnacle West Capital and its employees were the largest non-party contributors to federal candidates in Arizona in the last election cycle, giving $187,783 to House and Senate candidates in the 2014 midterm election cycle.... Read more»

ASU Foundation links utility funds to anti-solar push

The nonprofit fundraising arm of Arizona State University gave $100,000 to a shadowy political group that spent at least $2.4 million on TV ads attacking state candidates who sided with the solar industry during last year's election.... Read more»

Utility employee drafted anti-solar letter signed by Az congressmen

Rooftop solar companies are using deceptive marketing to push risky leases on consumers, and federal regulators need to step in. That was the message sent by six Arizona congressmen to the FTC and the recently created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one of those letters was drafted by an employee of Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility and one of the largest campaign donors for the group of lawmakers.... Read more»

Four Corners Power Plant looks to expand coal-mining

Conservation groups are worried that a proposed expansion of coal-mining at the Four Corners Power Plant could reverse recent environmental gains at the plant that last year was on a list of dirtiest in the country.... Read more»

State looks at surcharge for solar homeowners

The average homeowner installing solar would pay $7 a month to use the electric grid under a recommendation by the state’s advocate for residential utility ratepayers. Under the proposal from the Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO), that amount could eventually reach about $20 a month.... Read more»

Incentive program enables hundreds of schools to go solar

As students cavort around Sunnyslope Elementary School’s playground, a shade structure high above the slides and monkey bars helps harness the sun’s power.... Read more»

Stanton: Electronic vehicles, sustainability no longer ‘optional nicety’

Committing to preserving the environment, including supporting the use of electric vehicles, is no longer an “optional nicety” for cities, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Friday.... Read more»

'Solar Room' helps APS monitor renewable energy sites

In a room tucked away at APS headquarters, two employees spend their workdays watching large screens and computer monitors showing the status of renewable energy plants across Arizona. Officials say the real-time information is vital to maintaining the flow of electricity. ... Read more»

Survey: Women business owners in Az see hiring, growth

Almost half of female business owners in Arizona look to hire and expand their companies in the next five years, a new survey shows. The optimistic report comes as new national figures showed the jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent in February, the lowest in four years.... Read more»

Official: U.S. playing catch-up in solar energy

The U.S. market for solar energy has grown substantially but still has a long way to go, said a federal official. Germany produces more solar power in a month than the United States does in a year. And Arizona, a natural place for solar development, ranks behind both California and New Jersey in production.... Read more»

Phoenix officials tout solar program as nationwide possibility

A Phoenix residential solar-energy project could be replicated around the country, said Valley business and government representatives in a meeting Wednesday with Energy Secretary Steven Chu.... Read more»

Tucson firm to build 18-MW solar plant in Gila Bend

Tucson-based Solon Corp. will build an 18-megawatt solar plant near Gila Bend for Arizona Public Service Co., the companies announced Thursday. Solon will manufacture the 75,000 panels for the project at its Tucson facility.... Read more»

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