Bioenergy, Solar

Arizona Regulators Consider RPS Expansion

Arizona utility regulators are moving toward requiring electricity providers to draw significantly more of their power supplies from renewable energy. After more than a year of studies and workshops, the commission is considering changes to the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) that now requires electricity utilities regulated by the commission to get 1.1 percent of their power from solar or other renewable energy sources. Arizona’s North County Times is reporting that under the proposal, the new minimum would be 5 percent by 2015 and 15 percent by 2023, with at least 20 percent of the required power coming from solar. Commissioner Bill Mundell told the paper that the current standard has already led to construction of solar generating stations in Springerville and Prescott and a biomass plant in Eager that burns plant waste. For the full article, see the following link.