Arizona Renewable Energy Standard under attack
In 24 U.S. states, the Renewable Energy Standard (RES) has driven much of the move towards renewable energy by utility companies. This becomes even more apparent when you compare these states to others who do not have the RES - the states with no RES have significantly more unhealthy electricity generation. Arizona, one of the states regulated by the RES, has until now had a requirement of 15% renewable energy by 2025. But now an Arizona Congressman is attempting to strip the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) of the right to set this standard. The constitutionality of the RES has been challenged before in Arizona, and at the time the courts ruled in favor of the RES stating that the ACC had a right to regulate utilities “in the absence of any legislation” that would challenge that right. Well, apparently the Arizona Congressman has come up with a legislation, House Bill 2381, that he believes will remove the ACC's right to set a RES.