Arizona Considers Repeal of Efficiency Standards

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Arizona regulators could scuttle utility energy-efficiency standards

Fierce Energy, November 17, 2014

Arizona has one the toughest sets of standards for utility energy-efficiency programs in the country. But the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has proposed eliminating at least a portion of the requirements, specifically the mandate that utilities realize 22 percent in energy savings for their customers by 2020.

The proposal to repeal the Energy Efficiency Standards (EES) is certain to fuel considerable debate among those who say the energy-efficiency requirement has been extremely successful in keeping customer energy costs down and those who say it is too aggressive.

Outgoing Commissioner Gary Pierce proposed eliminating the requirement that Arizona Public Service and other utilities that serve the state have been required to comply with since it was passed by a bipartisan commission in 2010.

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