ALEC controls the Arizona Corporation Commission too. Wants to gut solar energy.

13 Dec 2011 04:02 pm
Posted by: Donna


Feelin’ too lazy to update the blog with a proper post but I did want to alert y’all to this report about ALEC and AZ’s renewable energy standard on CleanTechnica by blogger Susan Kraemer.

Tuesday morning could be key in deciding Arizona solar policy for years to come. Because of the way public utilities oversight was set up in the 19th century, the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has wound up with almost unfettered control of energy policy in the state.
On the agenda: rolling back renewable energy standards, gutting solar rebates, and even forbidding ACC from discussing declining rebates, thanks to infiltration by ALEC, the sinister nationwide shadow group which has just gained effective control over the ACC, via new member Brenda Burns, a former National Chairman of ALEC.

Definitely read the whole thing because Kraemer quotes Arizona Corporation Commission energy policy adviser Nancy LaPlaca (who is frigging brilliant) extensively about how much money ratepayers (that’s you and me) spend on fossil fuels and the hostility of the carbon based fuel industry toward solar in the sunniest state in the union. I did a search once on the phrase “government shouldn’t pick winners and losers” and a startlingly high percentage of the hits were to Big Carbon propaganda sites. They’ve been the real winners, government subsidy-wise, and they don’t want anything going to solar despite its enormous promise and popularity here in Arizona. They’ve got their obedient ALEC stooges on the Corp Comm to make sure that doesn’t happen.


  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on December 14, 2011 3:10 pm

    Feelin’ too lazy to update the blog with a proper post

    Oh dear. Does that mean you’re comatose now?

    Too late. The Commission for Corporations or whatever has already started to gut the backend of renewable energy. A puny electric co-op Mohave Electric has gotten permission to build an incinerator in Maricopa County and is able to count burning up crap (Brenda Burns?.. hey get it?!) as renewable energy. It may go up outside of.. wait for it….Surprise!

  2. Comment by Alan Scott on December 15, 2011 5:42 pm

    You guys do know that green energy gets many times the subsidies of fossil fuels or maybe you do not ?

  3. Comment by Ed Weston on December 18, 2011 4:56 pm

    Somewhere over the 300 billion in subsidies to oil companies.
    That’s pretty amazing.
    That’s probably an unsupported rightwing talking point.

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  5. Comment by Neil on December 21, 2011 3:23 pm

    What’s so “frigging brilliant” about LaPlaca? Her argument is completely misleading. So what if Arizona spends $3 billion on fossil fuels – it’s still cheaper on a per kWh basis than solar. And as Alan mentioned above, green energy does get about 20 times the subsidies as fossil fuels on a per kWh basis.

    On a side note, solar actually doesn’t do as well in sunny Arizona as everyone claims. The hot temps in Arizona actually make the panels much less efficient.

    PS: I clicked one of your ads. Merry Christmas!

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