Arizona Corporate Commission Proposes Eliminating Utility Efficiency Requirements

Arizona energy-saving programs in jeopardy

The Arizona Corporation Commission has proposed eliminating the requirements for utilities to meet a portion of their energy demand through efficiency programs that reduce consumption.

Those programs, which also conserve water and reduce pollution, are projected to save consumers $9 billion on their utility bills through 2020.

The staff at the commission on Tuesday filed its proposal, which must be weighed by the five elected commissioners. The regulators set rates and policies for utilities.

“At the end of the day, we want to be as energy-efficient of a state as we can but not overpay for this energy efficiency,” said Commissioner Gary Pierce, who earlier this year asked the commission staff for ideas to amend the rules.

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