Arizona is sending a message that clean energy leadership doesn’t exist in “the coastal states only such as Texas, California and New York”. GTM, reported.
In a strong introduction to an “Energy Modernization Plan”, aiming to produce one of the cleanest energy mixes in the nation, Andy Tobin, the Arizona Corporation commissioner said: “For nearly a century, Arizona has been a national leader in the development of clean energy resources to power our state’s rapidly growing economy, from the deployment of hydropower on the Salt and Verde Rivers in the 1920’s to the construction of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in the 1970’s.”
On January 30, 2018, the “Arizona Corporation Commission”, proposed an “Energy Modernization Plan” aims to produce one of the cleanest energy mixes in the nation, while lowering prices for consumers and improving grid reliability. According to the new report, Arizona’s energy goal is to be powered by clean energy sources that make up at least 80 % of the state’s electricity generating portfolio, by 2050, with the ultimate goal being 100 %. ” The changes necessary to achieve this target will significantly transform the state’s energy industry”.
The plan sets also a “target of 3,000 MW of deployed energy storage by 2030 with priority given to existing renewable energy resources that currently lack energy storage solutions.” This new target, will put the state a head of California and New York, which they both have 50 % renewable energy targets on the books for 2030, and storage targets of 1,300 megawatts and 1,500 megawatts, According to GMT.
The commissioner told GTM: “We’re not trying to get on the train; we’re trying to be the engine in the train”, “This is Western people doing things and setting lofty goals and reaching them.