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Who funds the shadowy nonprofit behind Az’s economic development initiatives?

Who is funding Team ACA, the secretive nonprofit that has supplemented Arizona’s economic development agency with private money? The answer has proven elusive.... Read more»

Pro-biz groups are publicly funded, but privately controlled

Public-private partnerships such as the Arizona Commerce Authority further business interests in the state, overseeing state corporate tax incentives and grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Similar organizations in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Florida function amid persistent questions about transparency as unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.... Read more»

High costs, benefits in clearing Eastern Az air

The EPA has proposed new air-quality regulations at three Arizona coal power plants to help improve visibility at 18 national parks in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado – including the Grand Canyon – and to protect the health of people living in the region. Critics say the rules will boost electric bills.... Read more»

One year after Japan disaster, APS says Palo Verde nuke plant is safe

A year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, operators of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station said Friday that events in Japan prompted new initiatives to prepare for emergencies.... Read more»

Inside Palo Verde: Nuke plant touts safety, emergency prep

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, located about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix, is the nation’s largest producer of nuclear power. In light of events in Japan, its operators are promoting the plant’s safety features.... Read more»

Palo Verde nuke plant opens new emergency center

In the event of an emergency at Arizona's Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, plant officials and government leaders will now have access to a $13.5 million center that will help them respond and share information with the public.... 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»

World's largest solar plant slated for Gila Bend

The "world's largest solar plant" planned near Gila Bend will receive a $1.45 billion loan guarantee, President Obama announced Saturday. "This plant will be the first large-scale solar plant in the U.S. to actually store the energy it generates for later use – even at night," he said.... Read more»19