In Arizona, a new bill has been introduced that would kill renewable energy progress in the state. HB 2701 would establish a legislative version of the Arizona Corporation Commission’s regulatorily-implemented Renewable Energy Standard of 15% by 2020, but with some tragic differences. For one, the bill would redefine renewables to include large hydro and nuclear. The problem—in addition to the obvious—is that this would simply redefine the goal as something that already exists. Arizona Public Service, the largest utility in the state, gets 27% of its retail energy from nuclear in 2009. Salt River Project projects that 17% of its …
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Adam Browning is the executive director of Vote Solar.