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.

Issue updates

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

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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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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Salt River Project Public Hearing - Testimony of Diane E. Brown on Energy Efficiency

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund recognizes the magnitude of the economic situation in Arizona and across the nation is daunting and that SRP, as well as businesses and residents in its territory, is feeling the effects.  The Arizona PIRG Education Fund urges the SRP board to adopt and SRP management to implement an Energy Efficiency Standard of at least 20% by 2020.

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Report Shows Building New Nuclear Plants Is A Bad Investment

According to The High Cost of Nuclear Power, a new report by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, the nuclear industry has proposed thirty new reactors across the country at an estimated cost of $300 billion.  The report states that if the $300 billion was invested in energy efficiency over the next 20 years the same level of electricity would be used as today even with demand increasing by 20 percent.

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Arizona Public Service (APS) Customers ask for Increased Energy Efficiency – Cleanest and Cheapest Energy Resource

Today, the Arizona Corporation Commission heard public comments from Arizona Public Service (APS) customers at public meeting on a proposed rate increase for APS.  Most customers indicated strong support for increasing energy efficiency measures, even if meant an increase in electric rates.

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Fukushima: One Year Later Fact Sheet

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster raised fresh concerns about the safety of America’s nuclear power plants and the wisdom of building new nuclear power plants in the United States. One year after the deadly earthquake and tsunami that spawned the meltdowns at Fukushima, new information continues to emerge about the events that took place at Fukushima and the implications for the people of Japan and the future of nuclear power. This issue brief provides an update on the situation at Fukushima on the first anniversary of the disaster.

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Arizona PIRG Education Fund Praises Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Vote on Renewable Energy Standard

Today the Arizona Corporation Commission made a historic move towards increasing solar, wind and other renewable energy resources for Arizonans.

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund

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.

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.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund

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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