Tom Steyer Gets Signatures For Renewables Ballot Initiative


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The Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona (CEHA) campaign filed 480,464 signatures at the Arizona Capitol to qualify for a ballot initiative [Renewable Energy for a Healthy Arizona Amendment] that seeks to amend the Arizona Constitution to boost the state's renewable energy standard.  CEHA submitted more than double the required signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office to place the measure on this November's ballot.  Arizona law required 226,000 valid signatures for the initiative to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot.

The initiative would require utility companies to get 50 percent of renewable resources such as wind and solar for electricity by 2030.  The Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utility companies, currently requires utility companies to use 15 percent renewable energy by 2025. It is a standard set in 2006.

The clean energy initiative is one of three initiatives bankrolled by California billionaire Tom Steyer through his NextGen Climate Action group. Similar initiatives are being pushed in Nevada and Michigan.

The Arizona Public Service Company and the Arizonans for Affordable Electricity oppose the ballot initiative.  EHJ also opposes the initiative because it will lead to the closure of Palo Verde nuclear power plant.  (Phoenix Business Journal,  7/5/2018)