Arizona regulators reject proposal to assist Navajo communities impacted by coal-fired power generation

Utility regulators in Arizona rejected proposals from an Arizona utility to provide assistance to coal-impacted communities, including in Navajo communities in northwest New Mexico. The rejection of the assistance from Arizona Public Service Company, the majority owner and operator of the Four Corners Power Plant, comes as the Arizona Corporation Commission approved significant rate hikes […]

Judge: SRP can go ahead with controversial Pinal County power plant near low-income homes

A judge has granted Salt River Project a green light to expand electricity output at a controversial power plant in Pinal County, ruling in a two-year legal fight. The Maricopa County Superior Court on Jan. 22 upheld the Arizona Corporation Commission’s approval for SRP to add capacity using natural-gas generators at the Coolidge Generating Station. […]

‘One of the biggest of its kind’ power storage plant being built in Phoenix for $500M

A North Carolina company broke ground Jan. 18 on a large battery-storage facility in Phoenix that will accumulate power during the morning and early afternoon, then release it during peak-demand hours for utility APS and its customers. Strata Clean Energy said it’s investing roughly $500 million in the Scatter Wash complex near Happy Valley Road […]

The institution that regulates utilities consistently voted against consumers, watchdog says

For four decades, Steve Neil of Mesa has been studiously following what is probably the least understood government body in the state: The Arizona Corporation Commission.  Neil routinely offers public comment on complex energy policy disputes and he attends monthly work group meetings at APS, even though he’s an SRP customer. Neil says his activism stems […]

Mayor says $1 billion The Parque project is ‘a huge win for Scottsdale’

After a lengthy review process, the Scottsdale City Council approved an ambitious $1 billion, 32-acre mixed-use development project called “The Parque” on a site that was once home to the CrackerJax amusement park on north Scottsdale Road.  Plans call for a variety of buildings that encompass a 2-acre “Central Park” green space that will be […]