News Release from the Office of Commissioner Andy Tobin  
 For Immediate Release | 5-7-18  
 Media Contact | Holly Ward  
 Direct | 602-542-3847  
 E-Mail | hward@azcc.gov  
    
 
Commissioners Encouraged to See Biomass Efforts Moving Forward
 
 

PHOENIX — Commissioner Andy Tobin shares his appreciation following today’s announcement by Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) to seek competitive proposals for biomass related projects.

“As wildfires ravage the homes and businesses of our rural communities to the north, the process of clearing our forests for biomass cannot move fast enough,” said Tobin. “I appreciate APS’s willingness to move this process along so we can avoid another devastating fire season.”

In an announcement earlier today, APS called for “competitive proposals for projects that utilize biomass feedstocks from high-risk forest lands in Northern Arizona to generate capacity and energy, pipeline quality biogas, or other suitable products.” Commissioner Tobin acknowledges this effort recognizes the urgent nature of Commissioner Boyd Dunn’s biomass initiative.

“I look forward to seeing the competitive proposals that will inevitably provide a boost to our economy in new jobs and further our biomass efforts in the state,” said Commissioner Boyd Dunn.
“Today’s announcement by APS follows an outpouring of support I’ve received since announcing my proposed Energy Modernization Plan, including from the Mohave County Fire Officers’ Association who acknowledges the need to better manage the fuels of our state’s forests and wildland interfaces,” said Tobin. “I encourage all of our regulated utilities to work together on this initiative as forest health is a statewide concern.”

View APS’s announcement at aps.com/newsroom.  

View Commissioner Tobin’s proposed Arizona Energy Modernization plan at azcc.gov/energyplan.

View Mohave County Fire Officers’ Association’s letter of support in the Commission’s docket at: http://images.edocket.azcc.gov/docketpdf/0000188129.pdf.  

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