Here’s the Arizona economic development forecast for 2023

As 2022 winds down, the Arizona economic development sector has much to celebrate in the way of wins. According to the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the state ranked No. 3 for economic outlook — a 10-spot jump from No. 13 the prior year. With manufacturing and semiconductor development scores such as Kohler, KORE Power, Lucid, […]

ACC approves energy saving programs for APS and TEP customers

Yesterday, utility regulators at Arizona Corporation Commission approved new energy saving programs for Arizona Public Service (APS) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customers. The energy efficiency programs, unique to each service territory, will give customers more options to save money on their utility bills and improve the health and safety of individuals. The decision to approve $97 […]

How Metro Phoenix transportation infrastructure is transforming economy

When you think about transportation throughout Greater Phoenix, what comes to mind? For some, it might be whatever highway is nearest you — the I-10, Loop 101, Loop 303, or I-17. Or, maybe it’s the light rail or other Valley Metro public transit systems. And, it’s not beyond the scope of reality to let out […]

Tempe looks to add electric vehicle charging stations

Tempe discussed plans to incorporate electric vehicle charging stations along with sustainable infrastructure on Thursday.  Tempe’s Sustainable and Livable Communities Council Committee met on Thursday afternoon to discuss various ways to be greener and more efficient, specifically highlighting solar permitting policies. 

How ElectraMeccanica’s $35M Mesa factory fuels Arizona’s EV boom

Arizona has rapidly become the hub of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing in the U.S. In Pinal County, the first phase of Lucid’s Casa Grande plant is complete, and the company will begin producing its all-electric luxury sedan; while Nikola Corp. is building a factory in nearby Coolidge where it will manufacture electric- and hydrogen-powered heavy […]

Lucid Motors electric vehicle factory will bring 4,800 jobs to Arizona

Governor Doug Ducey today joined Lucid Motors, the Arizona Commerce Authority and local officials to celebrate the start of construction of Lucid Motors’ electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. The first phase of factory construction, representing an investment of over $300 million, is scheduled for completion in late 2020 in readiness for the start of production […]

A look at where 2020 candidates stand on sustainability

On November 3 of 2020, general election voting will open for Arizonians. As citizens prepare to vote for local and state legislature, they may be interested in how Arizona’s political parties and their candidates will support sustainable practices for the future of the state. Dan Toporek is a candidate for County Treasurer with the Arizona Democratic Party. […]

How can we implement reasonable, long-term energy policies?

There have been many advancements in the energy industry over the past decade, yet major opportunities remain for implementing reasonable, balanced long-term energy policies.  Unless one is directly engaged in an industry on a daily basis, it is difficult to comprehend the day-to-day complexities in developing and implementing an effective policy regime. Although the loudest […]

SRP cuts emissions through major solar and battery energy buy

As part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions and invest in 1,000 megawatts of new utility-scale solar energy by 2025, Salt River Project today announced investments in two new solar energy + battery storage plants. The Sonoran Energy Center will be the largest solar-charged battery project in the state and with the addition of […]