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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»

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Az leads nation in clean-energy job growth

Arizona businesses announced plans earlier this year to hire more than 3,000 workers in clean-energy industries, letting the state claim the nation's biggest growth in renewable-energy jobs for the second quarter. The bulk of the jobs would be at a Solar Wind Tower in San Luis.... Read more»

Jump in fatal train accidents during 2013 prompts nat'l safety campaign

A nationwide spike in fatal train accidents involving trespassers and motorists in 2013 has prompted a national safety campaign urging people to think trains when they see tracks.... Read more»

Lobbyists stunned as Corp. Commission ends dereg move

The Corporation Commission’s sudden decision to stop exploring electric deregulation left proponents stunned and pondering their next moves. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Is solar living up to its potential in Arizona?

An interview with Tucson City Councilman Richard Fimbres (D-Ward 5). Also, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, and Tom Collier, Buckmaster consumer affairs contributor.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Rio Nuevo District making progress

Tim Hogan of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, Rio Nuevo Boardmember Alberto Moore,'s Dylan Smith, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, attorney Jeff Rogers.... Read more»

Farley targets dark money in campaigns

A state lawmaker wants to force shadowy political groups to disclose the sources of dark money they pump into campaigns. “Most Arizonans are tired of having dark money rule their politics,” said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: New ACC chair not betting on solar

An interview with the chair of the Arizona Corporation Commission, Bob Stump, plus financial planner Shelly Fishman, Dr. Robert Hendricks, Buckmaster education contributor, and Tom Collier, Buckmaster consumer affairs contributor.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Dawn of a new day at Corporation Commission?

After years of pursuing a command-and-control approach to energy regulation and providing massive corporate welfare to the solar industry, the Arizona Corporation Commission has signaled a possible shift in approach.... Read more»1

Group: Energy-efficiency incentives can save billions for Az

Arizona households and businesses can cut electricity use by 21 percent and save $7.3 billion by 2020 if utilities ramp up energy-efficiency incentives, a public policy group said Tuesday.... Read more»

Props 121, 204

Obscure group making big contributions vs. 2 ballot propositions

An obscure political group based in the Valley - Americans for Responsible Leadership - has spent nearly a million dollars against Propositions 121, which would replace Arizona's party primary elections, and 204, that would continue a one-cent sales tax for education.... Read more»1

Officials: More Az solar panels sign of growing green economy

Arizona ranked second in the nation in installation of photovoltaic solar panels in the quarter that ended in March, reported The Solar Energy Industries Association earlier this month. ... Read more»1

Rogue Columnist

Keeping tabs on the fourth branch of government

You might be tempted to pass on a story in Sunday's Arizona Republic with the process-y headline, "Case Asks Who Must Pay Taxes for Utility." Don't. It's about a case that's a rare window into how power and influence work in the state. Power, especially, at what insiders call "the fourth branch of government," the Arizona Corporation Commission.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Corporation Commission took hatchet to Az solar industry

An emerging industry working hard to take root in our state has been undermined by a so-called conservative Republican commission. Instead of nurturing what we have, this year the ACC took a hatchet to it. ... Read more»2

Tucson churches join movement linking religion, sustainability

A movement in Southern Arizona has dozens of churches of various faiths taking steps toward energy efficiency and renewable energy — not only to save money, but also to complement their long-standing doctrines of caring for the Earth.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Ending the solar subsidy fiasco

It's not every day that the New York Times makes a compelling case against government giveaways. But a recent page-one article underscored that the Solyndra scandal was only the tip of the solar-subsidy iceberg.... Read more»

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