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Clean Energy Ahead

From the Office of Arizona Corporation Commissioner Robert Burns:

Phoenix — Arizona electricity consumers are at a point in time where they will have the opportunity to use and realize the benefits of the shift from fossil fuels to ”clean” electric energy. In addition, the opportunity to convert from the overly expensive captured consumer monopoly model to a money saving customer choice model is also now possible.

With the multitude of clean energy producers now serving the power generation market, the transition to a customer choice model would put customers in control of improved services and lower costs for their energy.

Currently, the Arizona Corporation Commission is responsible for setting energy policy for the state; with the responsibility of assuring just and reasonable rates by Arizona’s regulated monopoly utilities.

The Commission is currently debating both the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy and the adoption of a customer choice model.

Energy delivery to consumers is governed by the energy rules that the Commission develops and approves.

A proposal will be on an upcoming open meeting agenda for debate to:

1. Update and modernize the integrated resource planning process used by the utilities to procure and meet customer demand, by including a requirement for an “All Source Request For Proposal” (ASRFP) to assure the best service at the lowest cost for consumers.

2. Set the standard for energy efficiency/demand side management programs (EE/DSM) to 35% by 2030.

3. Set a standard to achieve 100% clean energy production by 2050, with a renewable energy component of 50% by 2035 and a distributed energy resource (rooftop/storage etc. -DER) component of 10% by 2030.

By combining the ASRFP with standards for EE/DSM, “clean” energy and DER, Arizona will be creating construction jobs in these very important industries as we clean up our atmosphere.

It is also my hope and desire that the Commission can continue the debate on the customer choice model and that a majority of the Commission can come to an agreement on a plan that will put consumers in control of their power generation choices.

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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Jul 2, 2020 9:28 pm GMT

Great to hear about these initiatives. Would you be able to comment on if any programs are being talked about that would help empower lower income households take advantage of these clean energy or energy efficiency efforts?

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Nicole Capone on Jul 6, 2020 5:53 pm GMT

Hello, yes, this is in discussion. For details and more information regarding this, please tune into our Open Meeting next week on July 14. You can watch the meeting live online at azcc.gov/live.

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Karen Marcus on Jul 10, 2020 9:25 pm GMT

Thanks for sharing this information, Nicole! Can you say a bit more about the customer choice model? How does it work and how does it benefit customers? 

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