June 26 (Renewables Now) - A draft version of rules that set an 80% clean energy target for Arizona by 2050 will be docketed by July 5 so that they can be discussed at a July 19 meeting, Arizona Corporation Commission (AZCC) member Andy Tobin said on Friday.
Tobin said a Rulemaking process is commencing, using the proposed rules as a starting point for consideration. The roughly six-to-nine-month process will include public comment, stakeholder engagement, and Commissioner consideration to ensure that the final rules will benefit the state.
Back in January, Tobin presented an Energy Modernization Plan, including the 80% clean energy goal and also a 3-GW energy storage target by 2030. Last week he said that, based on the responses to a Notice of Inquiry, no stakeholder sees the 80% as impossible or impractical, and all stakeholders agree that Arizona will not be getting any new coal power plants.
“These rules will lower energy costs for ratepayers and businesses around the state, protect our air, water, and forests, avoid costly stranded assets, ensure resiliency, promote economic growth, and establish Arizona as the leader in moving towards a clean energy future.”
AZCC, which is Arizona’s Public Utilities Commission, passed the state's Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) more than a decade ago and according to Tobin it is time for a change as the energy landscape is totally different. He noted that the Commission is the one that needs to set the vision for the state’s regulated utilities, and not the other way around.