There are several state fights going on that could have huge effects on the future of clean energy reports David Roberts at Climate Progress. Arizona is a case in point. Being the sunniest state in the union, makes it the most promising one for solar development. In recent years Arizona surged in developing solar electric capacity. In 2007 it created a renewable energy standard to ensure continued solar growth by requiring state utilities to acquire increasing levels of electric power generated from clean renewable energy. But this clean energy growth is controlled by the state’s elected public utilities commission, now dominated by Tea Party style Republicans, as the 2010 elections swept more extreme Republicans into dominating the state legislature. These new commissioners recently allowed a state power utility to substitute a highly polluting trash burning plant for a solar development in order to meet its renewable energy standard obligations. Meanwhile, Republican legislators have attempted to exert control over, and whittle away at, the Renewable Energy Standard, despite polls indicating most Arizona voters want to expand solar power. Current elections are key to a solar future in Arizona.
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