AZ regulators deny SRP gas plant expansion, citing community impacts and insufficient supporting evidence
The Arizona Corporation Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 to deny an 820-MW expansion at a gas plant proposed by Salt River Project. Regulators said there was insufficient evidence in the record to make a decision, and the expansion would put too much pressure on the nearby, historically-Black community of Randolph. - Utility Dive
As Lake Powell Hits Landmark Low, AZ Looks to a $1 Billion Investment and Mexican Seawater to Slake its Thirst
The Arizona Corporation Commission rejected the adoption of a set of clean energy rules on Wednesday in a 3-2 vote. The rules package included a timeline for 100% carbon-free electricity, new demand-side resources standards and integrated resource planning reforms. The package would have expanded energy efficiency programs for Arizona Public Service (APS) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP), offering rebates to customers for replacing inefficient appliances and upgrading lighting. Commissioner Jim O'Connor, R, voted against the rules package despite his work last May with Commissioner Anna Tovar, D, to revive the package through a separate rulemaking. Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) called O'Connor's vote "surprising." - Utility Dive
During continuing hearings on Wednesday, the Arizona Corporation Commission voted not to permit Arizona Public Service (APS) to recover the full $450 million investment in its upgrades for the Four Corners coal plant, as the utility plans to close the plant earlier. APS would be able to recover $234.5 million from ratepayers. Following the threat of legal action from APS, the chair of ACC withdrew her proposal to cut rates $0.09/kWh from the current $0.1172/kWh. The commission plans to vote on Nov. 2 on the final rate package. - Utility Drive
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