Arizona

Mar 26, 2012 7:42 PM

Critics: 'Bill could halt solar development'

TUCSON - There is a bill that would limit the Arizona Corporation Commission's power to regulate renewable energy.

Solar developers are afraid this bill could halt solar development in Arizona in the long run.

HB 2789 would cap the state's renewable energy standard and tariff at 15 percent by 2025 and prevent the ACC from ever increasing that cap without the legislature's approval.

Right now, the ACC doesn't have to answer to the legislature to set renewable energy requirements for utilities.

Kevin Koch, owner of Technicians for Sustainability, said the bill would take extra time that isn't beneficial to solar energy companies.

"It just creates an extra layer of uncertainty for them where they're going to look for a place that's more favorable to solar energy the industry their looking to invest in," said Koch.

Supporters of the bill said it will give lawmakers a chance to protect the consumer.

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