Thursday, October 11, 2012

Isn't Arizona Solar

Every now and again when I recall my days in Arizona under the blazing, beautiful, seemingly perpetually sunny skies, I wonder why isn't Arizona blowing the doors off all other states in terms of electricity generation from solar.

 Oh yea, partisan politics.

According to an Arizona Republic story about an upcoming election in the sunny state:

"The three Republicans running together argue that the current goal of 15 percent renewable energy by 2025 strikes an appropriate balance between environment and cost to ratepayers.

The three Democrats running as a slate contend the commission has an environmental duty to continue sweeping the atmosphere of pollutants and therefore advocate increasing the percentage of renewable fuels in the state's mix."

A muddling argument over an already-low goal (only 15%?) with a too-stretched timeline (to 2025?).

It'd be great to see a little more urgency; certainly it's needed.  Does this kind of thing go on in many other states?  Why wouldn't it?  Unfortunately. 

Arizona ranked 3rd in solar installations as of January 2012, according to the US Energy Information Administration

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