From the Office of Commissioner Andy Tobin

  For Immediate Release | 6-27-18      
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Stakeholders Argue Arizona Energy Modernization Plan Will Save Ratepayers Money

PHOENIX — Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin recently filed an update on the timeline for the Arizona Energy Modernization Plan, anticipating that the plan will be discussed at the Open Meeting on July 19. A major area of discussion will be cost savings. A recent letter from clean energy advocates in the state suggests that policies like those in the Energy Modernization Plan could save money for ratepayers over the next 15 years.
The letter, by Western Resource Advocates (WRA) and the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), argues that ratepayers would save $542 million dollars by 2032 if utilities adopted alternative portfolios that increase renewable energy, promote energy storage, and recognize energy efficiency and demand side management resources. Tobin’s Energy Modernization Plan proposes such efforts.
According to Commissioner Tobin, cost considerations have been a major priority in crafting this plan from the outset. “Arizona has been without an energy plan for too long,” said Tobin. “And our bills aren’t getting any lower. It is the Commission’s responsibility to ensure Arizona continues to have access to clean and reliable energy, but it is especially important to protect families and businesses from skyrocketing energy prices.”
“We hope our analysis helps to inform the discussion,” said Stacy Tellinghuisen and Ellen Zuckerman of WRA and SWEEP, respectively. “The technical and economic analysis in the alternative portfolios filing may be useful to Commission Staff in their analysis of Commissioner Tobin’s plan.”
Commissioner Tobin plans to release a draft version of proposed rules for the Energy Modernization Plan on July 5, 2018, and has requested that the full Commission consider proceeding with the administrative rulemaking process at the Open Meeting on July 19.
To view Commissioner Tobin’s Energy Modernization Plan go to the Commission’s online docket at and enter docket number E-00000Q-16-0289.
To view WRA and SWEEP’s Alternative Portfolio document go to

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About Commissioner Andy Tobin:

Commissioner Andy Tobin was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006 and served as Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2014. He was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to fill a vacant seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2015 and elected to serve a full term in 2016. During this time, Commissioner Tobin has focused on getting broadband (internet) connections into rural Arizona schools, been instrumental in establishing the Water Emergency Team to proactively protect Arizona’s water supply, and recently introduced the Arizona Energy Modernization Plan calling for 80 percent of the state’s electricity generation to come from clean energy by 2050.

The Arizona Corporation Commission was established by the state’s constitution to regulate public utilities and business incorporation. The five Commissioners elected to the Corporation Commission oversee executive, legislative, and judicial proceedings on behalf of Arizonans when it comes to their water, electricity, telephone, and natural gas resources as well as the regulation of securities, pipeline, and railroad safety. To learn more about the Arizona Corporation Commission and its Commissioners, visit