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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Building an Energy Efficient Arizona

This report by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund describes Arizona’s current energy portfolio, the benefits of a transition to energy efficiency, and successful energy efficiency programs in use across the country.

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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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Energy Policy Considerations for the Arizona Corporation Commission

The Arizona Corporation Commission was established in 1912 by the Arizona Constitution as a popularly elected body charged with regulating public utilities, corporate filings and securities, and railroad and pipeline safety. Sixteen electric utilities, seven natural gas utilities and more than 350 private water and sewer utilities fall under the purview of the Commission. This fall, Arizona voters will elect two commissioners to the Commission.

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Salt River Project (SRP) to Hold Meeting on Proposed Rate Case

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.  Again, SRP customers and groups including the Arizona PIRG Education Fund are asking ratepayers to send SRP the message that it should focus more on increased energy efficiency and renewable energy and not on coal or other dirty energy sources. 

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Salt River Project (SRP) Holds Public Hearing on Rate Proposal

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund applauded SRP for their efforts to bring transparency and public participation to their ratemaking process but also urged SRP to significantly increase their commitment to energy efficiency. 

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Historic Votes By Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Will Increase Energy Efficiency

Today, through votes ranging from approval of the Arizona Public Service (APS) rate case settlement agreement to formal initiation of an Energy Efficiency Standard, the Arizona Corporation Commission acted to save consumers and businesses money by ramping up energy efficiency in Arizona.

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Salt River Project (SRP) Increases Energy Efficiency Programs But Still Lags Arizona Public Service (APS)

While Salt River Project (SRP), the second largest utility in Arizona, has elected to delay a major rate increase until at least May of next year, its board voted today to increase its commitment to energy efficiency and renewable programs via an Environmental Program Cost Adjustment Factor” (EPCAF).  While maintaining and increasing funding for these programs is critical, SRP is lagging its utility counterparts such as APS relative to energy savings.

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Pioneers for Clean Energy in Arizona Case Studies Released

According to Pioneers for Clean Energy in Arizona, a new report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, businesses, residences and local governments across Arizona are making strides to increase their energy efficiency. The report notes that electricity demand is high — from TVs to dishwashers to refrigerators to charging cell phones — and with energy demand expected to increase as Arizona’s population grows in the future, the timing to increase energy efficiency could not be better.

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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.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund

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.

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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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