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At the Corporation Commission hearings (last) week, I saw dozens of APS solar customers stand up and present their monthly bills, showing exactly how much they pay to support the grid. And on Tuesday, APS finally admitted that solar customers on average pay $71 a month — twice what I pay for my apartment.
In addition to teaching their students each day, writing lesson plans and connecting with parents, most Arizona teachers have gone through a myriad of district- and state-mandated training sessions. Many give up weekends or evenings to attend these trainings to better prepare themselves to provide the best opportunities for our students. For some, that would be sufficient. For others, it’s only the beginning.
The City of Mesa held a grand opening ceremony on Oct. 10 to open up its new police station in the Fiesta District.
ATLANTA (AP) — Sunlight is free, but if you use it to make electricity your power company wants you to pay.
Three Higley School District governing board members, Venessa Whitener, Kim Anderson, and Denise Standage, voted on Sept. 10 to accept $750,000 from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to construct and operate a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. The reason given is to reduce air pollution caused by buses. Good grief. This unnatural fixation that we are dying in the streets from environmental catastrophe is insane. Board member Jake Hoffman tried in vain to table the vote for further research, presenting an analysis which shows that it will end up costing taxpayers $2.3 million. For example, the district doesn’t even own any CNG vehicles and will have to replace 62 buses and 53 fleet vehicles, which will take years. These three board members are not just misusing taxpayer dollars, but they are doing it without performing due diligence. They are also dabbling in an unproven industry about which they know zilch, and where they have no business, plus they are competing with the private market (Clean n Green is less than five miles from the intended site). The MCBOS will be voting on the acceptance of Higley’s grant application on Sept. 23, so this can be stopped. According to Mr. Hoffman, CNG vehicles represent less than four one-hundredths of one percent of all vehicles registered in the United States. Education should not be the petri dish for unproven, currently unsustainable commodities.
Most of the time, I agree with Tom Patterson. We share conservative values. He chairs the Goldwater Institute. However when it comes to the future of energy choice, Tom has missed the mark.
Shea Homes recently began pre-sales for homes at its newest community within the Bridges at Gilbert.
PHOENIX – Saying the country represents far more to Arizona than customer support call centers, Gov. Jan Brewer hopes to increase the state's trading with India.
First Solar Inc. said Monday that it sold a collection of solar projects in Canada totaling 50 megawatts to an investment partnership led by GE Energy's financial services arm.
The Arizona Corporation Commission has a responsibility to Arizona citizens and utility ratepayers to decide cases based on their merits and the facts. Tom Patterson in his Aug. 14 commentary ignored the facts in his attempt to sway public opinion in favor of an APS proposal before the Commission that would change the rules regarding solar energy.
I went out to greet Obama at his speech at Desert Vista High School on Tuesday with one simple message: reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. His speech was about housing, but this affects my home, and yours. The 181 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted each year as a result of the pipeline will exacerbate the drought, record heat, and wildfires that already plague our state.
Should the Arizona Corporation Commission require the customers of APS to provide yet another subsidy to solar energy production? That’s the question at the heart of the argument between the utility and it’s net-metering customers.
In this Thursday, July 18, 2013 photo, Ketch Ryan, right, and her neighbor Kirk Renaud, pose next her house with solar panels on the roof in Chevy Chase, Md. “In many ways we found that a lot of people were afraid to go solar because they were too afraid of what they didn’t know,” said Ryan, who had a solar energy system installed in her house several years ago. To assist neighbors, Ryan helped establish a cooperative, Common Cents Solar, co-founded with Renaud, “to make sure we didn’t have to reinvent the wheel. We can do it together and we can do it more efficiently,” she said. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
RESTON, Va. — Mark Stewart turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets on his neon green ELF bike. With each pedal, his feet take turns sticking out from the bottom while a gentle motor hums in the background.
Our Republican Corporation Commissioners Bob Stump, Bob Burns, Brenda Burns, Gary Pierce and Susan Bitter Smith apparently agree that burning trash is good for our air quality. This seems counterproductive to me, considering that the main intent of incorporating ‘renewable energy’
Homes being built in one particular Hudson Valley, N.Y., cul-de-sac offer prospective buyers wooded lots, pretty views and — oh yes — the promise of thumbing your nose at the power utility.
Arizona utilities can't use electricity generated by burning trash to meet their renewable energy requirements, a judge ruled Wednesday.
“What a national shame, 4th of July fireworks canceled at five military bases whilst the ‘grand poobah’ flaunts 100 million of our dollars to vacation in Africa and reunite with the ‘relates.’ Reprehensible!”
NEW YORK — A solar-powered aircraft completed the final leg of a history-making cross-country flight Saturday night, gliding to a smooth stop at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
“Obama has progressed from his ‘pie IN the sky’ campaign promises to ‘pie FROM the sky’ solar-energy proposals. Neither the promises nor the proposals are feasible or economically sound and will never be accomplished. With Obama, words are cheap, actions expensive and/or nonexistent.”
How could the Obama administration even considered for one minute arming the Syrian rebels?
When all else fails, do it yourself. That’s what two Salt River Project employees did to improve their department’s ability to accurately measure water and, more importantly, to help distribute the precious resource SRP delivers to about 2 million people in the Valley.
First Solar has raised about $427.7 million in net proceeds from a public offering of approximately 9.7 million shares.
Rooftop solar has been taking a beating
Bridgestone Corporation officially broke ground last week on a biorubber process research center — a facility expected to investigate ways to better produce rubber from a native southwestern plant.