With Ever-Hotter Summers Ahead, Arizonans Might Lose Help Saving Energy
- May 28, 2021 9:16 pm GMT
On May 26, the clean energy rules were revived in a 3-2 Arizona Corporation Commission vote approving a compromise set of rules that would reestablish the requirement to reach a 100% carbon-free power sector, but extend the ultimate target date from the originally proposed 2050 to 2070; the 2032 goal of 50% would remain unchanged from the original proposal.
Notably, the newly approved rules would extend and expand the state’s energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) for electric utilities. This includes a capacity-based standard requiring savings equal to a 35% reduction in 2020 peak demand by 2030. They also include an annual MWh savings target of 1.3% (averaged over each 3-year planning period). The May 26 vote restarts the clock on the formal rulemaking process, with a public comment period to run through August 20, followed by a final Commission vote that will need to take place before the rules can take effect. New developments in the proceeding can be followed in this docket.]
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