Energy Efficient Arizona

ENERGY EFFICIENT ARIZONA—An efficiency program already on the books could bring Arizonans $9 billion in energy savings. We're working to convince the Arizona Corporation Commission to let that program become reality.

MAKING ARIZONA MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

Just like you wouldn’t leave your windows open with your AC running, Arizona shouldn’t needlessly waste energy.

Unfortunately, as it stands, we are wasting too much. Every year, our energy use increases. Increased energy use is driving up electric bills. And all this energy use means more air pollution from power plants.

In fact, Arizona’s energy demand is expected to double in the next 20 years.

The good news is, there is a program on the books that could reduce energy waste and save Arizonans up to $9 billion. How? By implementing commonsense solutions like energy-efficient appliance rebates, and encouraging shade screens and weatherization, all of which would mean more energy-efficient homes and businesses.

The utilities are already starting to play ball. But a few decision-makers at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), whose job it is to help us put these improvements in place, are standing in the way of implementing this program. 

So Arizona PIRG is building public support across the state to bring Arizona the energy efficiency that we deserve, to decrease waste, save money, and clean our air.

Take action today, and tell the ACC to stand up for an energy efficient Arizona.

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Unacceptable Risk

As the eyes of the world have focused on the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan, Americans have begun to raise questions about the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States. American nuclear power plants are not immune to the types of natural disasters, mechanical failures, human errors, and losses of critical electric power supplies that have characterized major nuclear accidents such as the one at Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan.

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New Arizona PIRG Education Fund Report Documents “Near Misses” at U.S. Nuclear Reactors

A new report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund documents a history of safety problems at nuclear reactors in the United States. These incidents – like the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan – illustrate that nuclear power carries with it risks that are simply not worth taking.

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Tragedy in Japan a Terrifying Reminder of the Risks of Nuclear Power

Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, who have had their lives torn apart by the recent earthquake and the tsunami that followed. Based on recent news coverage, significant releases of radioactivity have already occurred and more are possible. The impact that the radiation releases could have on human health and the environment could be catastrophic. The crisis in Japan is a sobering reminder that nuclear power is inherently dangerous.

 

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Salt River Project (SRP) Board Votes in Favor of Expanding Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs

Last fall, Salt River Project (SRP) agreed to postpone its proposed rate hike due to significant concerns about the size of the increase and SRP’s limited investments in energy efficiency and clean renewable energy.  Since that time, groups including the Arizona PIRG Education Fund asked ratepayers to send SRP the message that it should focus more on increased energy efficiency.  Today the SRP voted to approve the increase in energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.

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Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Approves Moving Forward with a Gas Utility Energy Efficiency Standard

Today, the Arizona Corporation Commission acted to save consumers and businesses money by approving a Gas Energy Efficiency Rule and Standard.

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Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Approves Moving Forward with a Gas Utility Energy Efficiency Standard

Today, the Arizona Corporation Commission acted to save consumers and businesses money by approving a Gas Energy Efficiency Rule and Standard.

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Arizona PIRG Education Fund Releases Report on Benefits of Building an Energy Efficient Arizona

Today, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund released Building an Energy-Efficient Arizona: Opportunities to Save Money and Reduce Pollution, a report describing Arizona’s current energy portfolio, benefits of a transition to energy efficiency, and successful energy efficiency programs in use across the country.

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Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Unanimously Approves One of the Strongest Energy Efficiency Standards in the Country

Today, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) acted to save consumers and businesses money by unanimously approving a final Energy Efficiency Standard Rule.

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The Arizona PIRG Education Fund Offers Guide for Energy Policy as Arizonans Cast Votes for Arizona Corporation Commissioners

Today, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund released Energy Policy Consideration for the Arizona Corporation Commission, a briefing book highlighting energy issues arising in this year’s Arizona Corporation Commission election.  The Arizona Corporation Commission (Commission) is charged with regulating public utilities, corporate filings and securities, and railroad and pipeline safety.

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Statement of Diane E. Brown on Arizona Corporation Commission Electric Energy Efficiency Rulemaking

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund thanks the Commission for recognizing the importance of and seeking to increase energy efficiency for the utilities under your jurisdiction and supports efforts to increase energy efficiency to at least 20% by 2020.

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The future is here—but we’re living in the past.

Clean energy from the sun and wind can provide for our energy needs without the global consequences of pollution, yet we’re still producing and consuming virtually all of our energy in ways that do lasting damage to our environment, our health and our climate. To make matters worse, much of the dirty energy we produce goes to waste.

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Two small explosions last night at a Texas chemical facility highlight that comprehensive emergency regulations need to be enforced more strictly at chemical plants.

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Today, four of Arizona’s utility regulators at the Arizona Corporation Commission decided to delay again the start of new programs that would save money and energy for Tucson Electric Power customers. While the Commission approved increased funding for energy efficiency programs overall, their decision denied immediate utility bill relief to renters, schools, businesses, and other customers.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund

Clean energy advocates and leaders from across the West are urging policymakers to enact policies and support investments in renewable energy and efficiency that would modernize our electric system while slashing greenhouse gas emissions. With President Obama calling for action to address climate disruption in his State of the Union address, and thousands of others marching on Washington this past weekend, a series of white papers and a video are being released to help illustrate how adopting a Clean Energy Vision rather than business as usual will move the West forward.

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The Salt River Project Board of Directors voted to support the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee with $1 million. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund and ratepayers had urged members of the SRP Board to vote “no.”

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