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  • Monday, November 12, 2018

    A Tale Of New Energy In Two States

    Why Nevada upped its renewable energy standards (and Arizona didn’t)

    Elise Hansen and Katarina Zimmer, November 11, 2018 (Grist)

    Voters in Arizona and Nevada faced an identical choice…[of whether to require their utility companies] to get half of their energy from renewable sources by 2030…Proposition 127 failed in Arizona amid what local news outlets are calling “the most expensive ballot fight” in the state’s history. Meanwhile, roughly 60 percent of voters supported Question 6 in Nevada, adopting the new renewables standard…The National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranked Nevada and Arizona first and second, respectively, among U.S. states in solar power potential in 2006. And solar is just one element of a renewable energy portfolio that can also include power from wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal sources…

    …Forcing utility companies to get a minimum percentage of their energy from renewables is one of the simplest and most-effective ways to spur a transition away from fossil fuels…As Nevada now moves closer to reaching its potential, Arizona is stalled…While Nevada’s main electric company stayed neutral on the Silver State’s measure, Arizona’s electricity companies put up a big fight…[and] frequently cited the possibility that Arizonans could see increased energy costs if the measure passed…[Research showed they were false claims but they swayed voters and renewables advocates say the] outcome is “an unfortunate example” of the power wielded by investor-owned utilities…” click here for more

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