- The Arizona Corporation Commission recently amended its 2018 decision to institute a moratorium on the procurement of natural gas power plants.
- The moratorium has now been extended to last until August 2019.
- The extension increases the likelihood that regulated utilities will need to invest in energy sources other than natural gas, including renewables.
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In 2017, APS reached a settlement on rate design that will have different impacts on different user groups. Although rates will affect individuals differently, and additional changes may occur before final approval, some of the expected results of this settlement are described at this summary brief.
Published June 2016
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- UNS Electric, Inc., is a small utility serving approximately 93,000 ratepayers in Santa Cruz and Mohave Counties in Arizona.
- The utility faces challenges in paying for fixed assets with a declining demand and a business model built on increasing energy consumption.
- As a remedy, UNS is applying for a rate change focused on increasing the cost of electricity for small volume electricity users, especially those that may benefit from net-metering policies for distributed (primarily solar) generation.
- Although the utility is small, the rate case is being closely watched, as it may be precedent setting for other utilities.
Published March 2016
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- For our analysis of California’s 2011 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), please see California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard: How will Arizona and the Southwest be affected?
- Under SB 350, named the “Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015,” California recently increased its RPS to 50 percent renewables by 2030 (up from 33 percent by 2020).
- California’s goal is more than double what will be needed to comply with the Clean Power Plan (21 percent by 2030).
- The RPS includes interim targets of 40 percent renewables by the end of 2024, 45 percent by the end of 2027, and 50 percent by the end of the 2030.
- SB 350 also requires demand-side energy efficiency savings for retail consumers of electricity and natural gas to double by 2030. The benchmark for this goal has yet to be determined.
Read full brief at this link: https://energypolicy.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/California-RPS-standards-brief.pdf
In the wake of the Clean Power Plan, EPIC and the Sonoran Institute issued this Build-out Study on utility-scale solar developments in the pipeline at the end of 2015. These are projects
1. that are fully permitted
2. with planning or permits likely to be concluded by the end of 2017, or
3. are located in areas already identified as suitable for large-scale solar installations).
In addition to this survey, the report identifies existing policies that supported these installments and recommends future policies to continue the clean energy trajectory.