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Arizona, Nevada voters split on renewable energy measures

Arizonans rejected a renewable energy proposition but the trend continues at the state level to encourage and increase standards in this emerging technology.... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Durham: Why I voted to OK TEP's natural gas power plant upgrade

City Councilman Paul Durham: As you know, sustainable power generation, clean air and reducing our carbon footprint are high on my priority list. Since I took office, I've pushed the city to make our buildings more energy efficient and install more solar. So I questioned TEP pretty hardabout the RICE plant. Here's what I learned. ... Read more»

Emission impossible: Few signs of coal revival despite Trump support

Despite the Trump administration’s ardent support of coal over renewable energy, the percentage of U.S. electricity from renewable sources continued its gradual rise in 2017.... Read more»

New solar panel tariffs will be felt by Arizona companies, consumers

New tariffs imposed last week by the Trump administration on imported solar products will benefit domestic manufacturers, but could hit consumers and other parts of the solar energy industry hard, experts said.... Read more»

Solar could replace Navajo Generating Station power, but not its jobs

Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away.... Read more»

40MW solar plant north of Tucson powers ASU, PayPal

Electricity from a new $90 million solar power plant in Red Rock will be underwritten by PayPal's operation in Phoenix, and Arizona State University. The facility, next to an existing natural-gas plant about 35 miles north of Tucson, was dedicated this week.... Read more»

Arizona still a power in solar industry, despite gains by other states

Arizona currently ranks second in total installed solar capacity after California, the nation’s undisputed leader. More than 100 solar facilities are operating or under construction here, and could have a large effect on our economy, with the potential to attract a skilled workforce.... Read more»

Utilities and solar advocates clash over Corporation Comission races

Three of the five seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission are up for grabs. While the regulatory body is not as well known as others, its decisions regulate energy production and expenses for utilities. The ACC has perhaps the biggest impact on your monthly bills of any state agency.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look at TEP's 'threat' to solar

Liberal media has been awash with talk about how solar is under attack by utilities. I have no doubt installers like Solar City will lose in the near-term. But I have tremendous doubt that the Corporation Commission can derail the solar-paneled freight train rolling down sustainable tracks.... Read more»1

Google's Project Sunroof maps solar potential of your home

Do you live on the sunny side of the street? Tucsonans can quickly check out how their homes might benefit from adding solar panels with an online tool that uses the size and shape of your roof, nearby trees and weather patterns to estimate the costs and financial returns of going solar.... 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»

Ft. Huachuca adding to Az's military solar effort

By the end of the year, Southern Arizona will host the two largest solar power arrays on U.S. military bases. A new installation at Ft. Huachuca will be part of the Army's attempt to save energy and combat climate change. Currently, the largest solar array on a military base is at Davis-Monthan AFB, but last week officials broke ground on a new 18-megawatt array that will produce 25 percent of the fort's power.... Read more»

Report: Az solar jobs picture not so sunny in 2013

Arizona posted the second-highest number of solar-industry jobs in the nation for the second year in a row in 2013, despite losing1,242 jobs from a year earlier, according to a new report.... 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»

Obama’s numbers (quarterly update)

There are insights that emerge from the first in a series of regular quarterly updates of key statistical indicators of the Obama presidency.... 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

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