Chemicals & Energy

Tucson Electric Power Aims For 30% Renewable Electricity By 2030

Via Tucson Electric Power says it is working toward a goal of 30% renewable electricity by 2030 — twice the level called for by Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard. To reach that objective, it will invest in efficient, innovative technologies, expand renewable energy, and explore new ways to reduce reliance on coal fired generating resources such as the Navajo Generating Station, a coal fired plant that currently provides about 20% of

Peabody Energy Joins The Fight To Rescue The Biggest Coal Plant In The U.S. West

Via Coal supplier Peabody Energy is trying to help save one of its biggest U.S. customers. On Thursday, the mining giant released a report it commissioned showing the 2,250-megawatt, coal-fired Navajo power plant in Arizona, the largest in the U.S. West, is capable of making money through 2040, even in an era of cheap natural gas. It’s also offering to cut the price the plant pays for its coal.

Solar jobs continue growth in Arizona, not as fast as rest of nation

Posted April 4, 2017 by Cronkite News Arizona saw a 6 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, bouncing back from a sharp drop the year before but still trailing well behind the national average growth of 25 percent in solar jobs. Arizona’s 7,310 solar-related jobs put it seventh-most among states last year, according to the Solar Foundation’s 2016 National Solar Jobs Census released Monday. But experts said the nearly 400

APS discloses two years of election spending, doesn't include 2014 race

Via Arizona Public Service Co. has disclosed two recent years of election spending, but the figures don’t include a contentions 2014 race for the Arizona Corporation Commission. The Phoenix utility, a subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW), acknowledged spending $10 million in races during 2015 and 2016, according to a story from the Arizona Daily Star and Capitol Media Services. APS previously disclosed its spending in the

APS customers raise concerns about potential rate hike

Via Tempers flared at Wednesday’s public hearing over a proposed rate hike for Arizona Public Service customers. The Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities, held the hearing in preparation for a vote in the coming months. The proposed hike would raise monthly bills by about $6 a month for a typical user. APS serves more than two million customers, according to its website, and provides power to people in

Navajo Generating Station

The Navajo Generating Station, a 2250 megawatt coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Page, Arizona, is scheduled to shut down in 2019. Via The smokestacks of the Navajo Generation Station rise 775 feet from the sere landscape of the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, just three miles away from the serpentine, stagnant blue wound in sandstone known as Lake Powell. Red-rock cliffs and the dark hump of

Solar Junction moves to Tempe

An entity owned by California-based Solar Junction, a solar cell manufacturer, purchased a warehouse in Tempe with plans to move Solar Junction operations to the facility near 48th Street and Southern Avenue, according to Lee & Associates, the brokers on the sale. Via Huntington Geneva LLC, a holding entity for the San Jose-based Solar Junction, acquired 2507 W. Geneva Dr. (19,401 square feet) and 2502 W. Huntington Dr. (19,450

The impending closure of a coal-fired utility plant on the Navajo Nation will save millions of dollars by allowing the Central Arizona Project to buy power cheaper on the open market, officials said. Via Experts expect rates and supplies will not be affected by the projected shutdown of the Navajo Generating Station in 2019, The Arizona Republic reported. Pumps that supply water to Phoenix and Tucson are powered by

Arizona drops to third in latest solar installation ranking

Arizona dropped to the third biggest solar state in the country in terms of megawatts used, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Via With close to 2,700 megawatts of solar in 2016, Arizona ranked behind California and North Carolina, respectively, in GTM Research and SEIA’s 2016 U.S. Solar Market Insight report. In 2015, Arizona was second, followed by North Carolina. Arizona solar jobs grew 6 percent year over

Sunworks and Elevation Solar Announce Joint Partnership to expand Arizona's Solar Footprint

Sunworks Elevation, LLC will expand access to commercial building customers and streamline integration services ROSEVILLE, CA–(Marketwired – November 01, 2016) – Sunworks (NASDAQ: SUNW) and Elevation Solar of Gilbert, Arizona announced today a joint business partnership known as Sunworks Elevation, LLC. The venture will enable both companies to broaden their reach for solar projects in the commercial building industry. With a previously established track record of successful solar implementations already