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ACC Votes to Support Solar Development in Arizona

Credit: AZ Big Media

Source: AZ Big Media

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) recently voted to reject a request from the state’s investor-owned utilities to set two-year contract terms for renewable energy projects under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). Instead, commissioners voted unanimously to set contract terms at 18 years, providing renewable energy developers the financial certainty they need to develop new clean energy projects in the state.

Even in a state like Arizona, where solar and battery storage can cost billions of dollars less than coal power, short PURPA contract terms make financing far too risky for capital-intensive projects with lifetimes of 30 years. According to industry and Sierra Club experts, long-term contracts are therefore necessary to give renewable energy developers a reasonable opportunity to secure financing for these projects.

Compared to other utilities in the region, Arizona utilities do not have a strong track record of integrating renewable resources into their long-term plans. As of 2017, both Arizona Public Service (APS) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) only generated seven percent of their power from renewable energy.

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