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Update: Possible Modifications to the Arizona Corporation Commission's Energy Rules

For Immediate Release | 11-13-20

Media Contact | Nicole Capone

Direct |602-542-0713

E-Mail |NCapone@azcc.gov

During the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Special Open Meeting on Friday, November 13, 2020, Commissioners voted 4-1 to move forward with publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require Electric Utilities to comply with a 100 percent reduction in its carbon emissions by January 1, 2050. In addition, each Electric Utility is required to achieve an average of 1.3 percent annual energy efficiency savings starting in 2021, and a 5 percent energy storage capacity requirement.

The proposed rules would also establish a new resource planning and procurement process for Load-Serving Entities to follow. This new process requires Load-Serving Entities to work with stakeholders to develop a load forecast and needs assessment for Commission approval. Each Load-Serving Entity will file an integrated resource plan with the Commission designed to meet its electric demand over a 15-year period, utilizing the results of an all-source request for information process. The rules further require that Load-Serving Entities utilize an all source request for proposals process for procuring resources to meet its approved load forecast and needs assessment. In addition, the resource portfolio of each Load Serving Entity shall include a demand-side resource capacity equal to 35% of its 2020 peak demand.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be published in the Arizona Administrative Register no later than December 18, 2020, commencing a formal written comment period. The Commission’s Hearing Division will hold telephonic oral proceedings to receive public comment on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on January 19 and 20, 2021.

All documents relating to this agenda item can be found in the Corporation Commission's online docket at https://edocket.azcc.gov and entering docket number RU-00000A-18-0284.

View the video of the Special Open Meeting here

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