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June 26, 2018 13:08
Require 80 percent Renewable Energy by 2050 Arizona Regulators Proposal

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With a renewable energy initiatory primed to be filed succeeding week, a state utility regulator is filing its own proposal, one that electric companies are possible to find more enthralling.

Andy Tobin wants the Arizona Corporation Commission on which he serves to necessitate that 80 percent of electricity generated in the state come from "renewable" sources by 2050. Tobin said while his program is just a starting point, he sees no ground to believe that goal cannot be met.

Tobin told Capitol Media Services on Monday that his plan has nothing to do with the initiative drive being pushed by California billionaire Tom Steyer and the group Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona.

Tobin pointed out that drafts of his Arizona Energy Modernization Plan were being circulated for more than a year before Steyer's group started gathering signatures in February for that ballot measure.

Tobin is set to file his plan with fellow commissioners on July 5, which also happens to be the deadline for initiative organizers to turn in petitions calling for voters to sanction a 50 percent renewable requirement by 2030. And how people might choose to vote on the Steyer plan in November could depend on what, if anything, state utility regulators enact on their own.

Arizona Public Service, the state's largest producer of electricity, already is spending money to quash the initiative, and not just because 2030 is a lot sooner than 2050 to reach a renewables goal.

Joe Salkowski, the spokesman for Tucson Electric Power and UniSource, neither of which have interests in nuclear plants, said his companies have not taken a position on the initiative. But he said they prefer the idea of having energy policy adopted by utility regulators rather than through a popular vote.

By Sowmya Sangam

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