"Arizona Bill Would End Key Support for Solar"

"Just seven months after Arizona enacted a law that supporters said would help make the state the “solar capital” of the nation, new legislation has been introduced that opponents maintain could kill the nascent industry.

House bill 2701 'would surely be the death knell for advancing solar energy in the state,' Kris Mayes, chair of the Arizona Corporation Commission, told the Phoenix Business Journal on Friday.

The bill would define 'renewable' to include nuclear power (despite the fact that nuclear plants need to be refueled periodically). That change would end what many experts consider the most effective incentive for installing solar and wind generation: the Renewable Energy Standard (RES)."

Osha Gray Davidson reports for the Phoenix Sun February 21, 2010.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010