Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Ealier this year, Republican Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce proposed but later withdrew a plan that would have effectively reduced the renewable-energy procurement requirement under the state’s Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) for Arizona Public Service Co. by excluding more large customers from the formula used to calculate total retail sales, in which the standard is based. Cuts to renewable-energy incentives blasted - Arizona Daily Star:
[APS] interpreted the proposal to mean the commission would effectively reduce its standard requiring utilities to obtain 15 percent of their retail energy sales from renewable sources by 2025 to 13.35 percent for APS.
Utilities are required to meet certain goals each year as they work up to the 15 percent standard, and APS is currently ahead, Rebecca Wilder, spokeswoman for the Arizona Corporation Commission, said.
But Wilder said that in order to reduce the standard, the commission would have to reopen and revise the 2006 regulations, which she said it has no plans to do.