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Prop. 127 failure isn’t the end for renewable energy, experts say

The fight over whether Arizona should get half of its electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources turned bitter election night when Attorney General Mark Brnovich called out California billionaire Tom Steyer for using California’s energy policies to try to influence Arizona’s policies.... Read more»

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Voters pull plug on reshaping Az's energy future

Arizona voters have rejected Proposition 127, according to the Associated Press. The initiative would have required the state’s regulated utilities to get 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2030. ... Read more»

Prop. 127’s potential to reshape Arizona energy has electrified supporters and opponents

Prop. 127 supporters say it’s time to take advantage of one of the state’s most abundant resources: sunshine. Opponents say new energy mandates will result in higher costs for ratepayers. ... Read more»

Solar jobs continue growth in Arizona, not as fast as rest of nation

Arizona saw a 6 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, bouncing back from a sharp drop the year before but still trailing well behind the national average growth of 25 percent in solar jobs.... Read more»

Despite gains, Phoenix falls in ranking of energy-efficient cities

Phoenix has made improvements in its energy efficiency policies but still fell three spots in a national ranking, as other cities made “impressive jumps” and surged ahead, according to a report released last week.... 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»

Texas solar manufacturer ramps up production

Texas’ biggest solar panel manufacturing plant is ramping up production. It’s part of San Antonio’s effort to become a solar energy hub – by building solar farms to help power the area and luring the companies that manufacture their parts.... Read more»

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»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Elephant identity crisis

With Arizona in the midst of Republican primary season, the campaign ads on television are trying to prove who's the most conservative among conservatives in the most conservative state. ... Read more»

Analysis

Rooftop solar adoption in emerging residential markets

Solar energy has become a tangible solution to rising electricity costs and carbon emissions for many Americans. Declining installation prices and solar-friendly policies in many states have led to tremendous growth in rooftop solar installations. In 2013, residential solar photovoltaic, or PV, capacity increased 60 percent over the previous year, reaching 792 megawatts. Today, a new solar power system is installed every four minutes in the United States.... Read more»

TUSD installing solar arrays at 41 schools

TUSD will install solar arrays at 41 schools across the district over the next 18 months, creating almost 19 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. ... Read more»

Report: Phoenix ranks high among solar cities

Phoenix ranks No. 6 among a group of large U.S. cities in an environmental group's accounting of per-capita photovoltaic capacity. For total capacity, Phoenix ranks behind only Los Angeles and San Diego. ... Read more»

Efficient cars, renewable energy lowering Az greenhouse gas emissions

Energy-efficiency requirements, rules on auto-emissions and policies promoting renewable energy prevented 3.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere during 2012, according to a report by Environment Arizona. A representative of the group calls that a good start. ... 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»

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»

Desert storm brews over Obama renewable energy plan

America’s deserts are stark, quiet places, where isolation and the elements have long kept development at bay. To outsiders, these arid expanses may not seem like prized land. But they are poised to play a key role — and perhaps, to serve as a battleground — in President Obama's plan to double U.S. electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources by 2020.... Read more»

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