News Arts Music Food Movies Calendar Guides SFR Fun Best of Santa Fe Contests By Leah Cantor | 1 hour ago The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday to send a longstanding case between Public Service Company of New Mexico and the Public Regulation Commission regarding rate hikes back to the PRC for a second round of considerations. Though the Supreme Court annulled the commission's initial order denying PNM the right to charge ratepayers with costs associated with the purchase of expiring leases at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona and future decommissioning costs, anti-nuclear advocates still consider this a win. The 2016 Public Regulation Commission decision was based on the finding that the utility acted with imprudence in the purchase by failing to consider other alternatives to the Palo Verde assets or demonstrating that Palo Verde was the most cost alternative option. The elected board voted that ratepayers should therefore not … [Read more...] about Should PNM or ratepayer foot the nuclear bill?
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Bayan Wang Arizona Republic Published 7:29 PM EDT Oct 3, 2018 A cannonlike "boom" that occurred Wednesday afternoon at a switchyard near the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station was not an explosion and did not cause any injuries, Salt River Project said. Crews were trying to change a cracked insulator at the switchyard when the incident occurred, said Joe Nowaczyk, Salt River Project's substation design, construction and maintenance director. Crews were testing 500 kilovolt conductor with a boom truck, which lifts a bucket up to power lines, when a malfunction occurred with the truck's bucket lift, Nowaczyk said. "Something fails, there was a big ... cloud of smoke, a loud boom that sounded like a cannon," Nowacyzk said. Nobody was in the bucket. "Nothing blew up, it was just the conductor and bucket separating," Nowaczyk added. Palo Verde, which is about 45 miles west of downtown Phoenix in Tonopah, is operated by Arizona … [Read more...] about SRP cannon ‘boom’ near Palo Verde not explosion
Ryan Randazzo Arizona Republic Published 9:00 AM EDT Sep 18, 2018 Wording that the Arizona Attorney General's Office used for the explanation of a clean-energy ballot initiative to be seen by voters may make the measure less likely to pass, according to initiative backers. The language used by the state's attorney deals with potential costs to consumers. It is also now a prominent part of the campaign backed by the parent company of Arizona Public Service Co. to defeat the measure. An official with the Secretary of State's Office called the added language "eyebrow raising" in an email exchange with the Attorney General's Office obtained by The Arizona Republic. MORE: Voters will decide renewable-energy rules in November If voters approve the ballot measure, Proposition 127, regulated electric companies will need to get half of their power from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030. The measure would change the Arizona Constitution to … [Read more...] about Arizona elections: Proposition 127 ballot language called unfair
A clean energy initiative submitted enough valid signatures to make it onto the ballot in November, according to the Arizona Secretary of State's office.Voters will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment mandating that Arizona utilities generate 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Michele Reagan's office released the latest results of the random 5 percent sample of signatures conducted by county recorders. Out of a sample of 22,722 signatures, 16,146 were verified, or 71 percent.The office is still waiting on validity results from Yuma County, so the clean energy initiative is not officially on the ballot. But according to Eric Spencer, Arizona's state elections director, the clean energy initiative now has enough valid signatures to put it over the top.The Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative is backed by the political action group NextGen America, founded by billionaire … [Read more...] about Secretary of State’s Office: Clean Energy Initiative Has Enough Signatures for Ballot
Imagine, for a moment, that you're a public utility executive – expensive car, tailored suit, corner office overlooking downtown Phoenix. You desperately don't want a ballot measure mandating clean-energy targets to succeed.If you're an executive at Pinnacle West Capital Corporation – the parent company of public utility Arizona Public Service – you spend millions of dollars examining signatures. Opponents of a clean-energy constitutional amendment escalated the battle on Thursday, filing a lawsuit that challenges the validity of signatures in order to block the measure from appearing on the ballot this fall.The ballot measure would require Arizona's public utilities to achieve 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind (but not nuclear power) by 2030. Arizona's largest public utility, vehemently opposes it, and thousands of hastily scrawled lines could be the difference between victory and defeat.The Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona … [Read more...] about If You Want to Kill a Clean Energy Ballot Measure, Every Signature Counts