Arizona is said to have something for everyone: cold snowy mountains and a hot desert climate; Native American lands, rural communities, and vibrant urban centers; well-renowned universities and trade schools; international attractions including the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam as well as national sports teams, and local arts, cultural and ethnic celebrations.
As Arizonans, we are often known for our independent spirit. And when it comes to energy policy, Republican and Democrat policymakers in our state have worked together to put Arizona on a path to a more energy-efficient and a cleaner energy future. Now Arizonans across the political spectrum want government officials to take the necessary next steps on the route to an energy system that will reliably meet the demands of our growing and diverse population; protect consumer pocketbooks; and provide air quality and public health benefits.
The good news is that like our state, the clean energy sector provides something for everyone: energy efficient products and programs save consumers money on our monthly electric bills; farmers reap economic gains through the placement of wind turbines on their land; solar companies put the sun to work and provide good paying jobs to Arizonans; and private sector and utilities install electric vehicle charging stations to connect us both in-and-outside of Arizona.
In recent years, technological improvements have contributed to a more efficient and cleaner power grid. Solar energy costs have dramatically declined; storage for electricity is becoming widely available and cost effective; and the number of electric vehicle manufacturers and models has increased. Furthermore, electric utilities are collaborating more closely, providing opportunities for energy independence, reliability improvements for the electric system, and cost savings for consumers.
A Guide to Energy in Arizona is intended to provide elected and government officials, business and organizational leaders, members of the media, and Arizonans with a primer on energy issues in our state. A Guide to Energy in Arizona highlights key research and components of reports, it is not an exhaustive compilation. As energy issues continue to evolve, we encourage you to use the contact list contained at the end of this document to learn more about energy trends and policies.