ProPublica gets the establishment view on the Arizona-SoCal blackout, the establishment says it needs more money and authority

Michael Giberson At ProPublica, Ariel Wittenburg assesses the meaning of the early September blackout affecting parts of Arizona, Southern California, and Northern Mexico. The proximate cause was substation maintenance in Yuma, Arizona and an apparent fault in protective systems that should have kept surrounding lines running during maintenance. As these systems failed, the disturbance reached … More ProPublica gets the establishment view on the Arizona-SoCal blackout, the establishment says it needs more money and authority

The key to Arizona’s energy future

Michael Giberson Via the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, this announcement of an event happening today, November 12 in Phoenix: Today three experts on electricity restructuring will be at the state Capital to talk about how Arizona could begin a restructuring process and how restructuring could encourage the use of more renewable energy. The discussion is … More The key to Arizona’s energy future

Why Arizona should encourage development of a open, competitive electric power market

Michael Giberson Stanley Reynolds and Andrew Kleit have made the case for restructuring the electric power industry in Arizona to encourage development of an open, competitive electric power market.  Good stuff.  I’d especially encourage anyone interested in electric power policy to consider the authors’ eight-point list of elements required for a competitive market (pp. 19-20). … More Why Arizona should encourage development of a open, competitive electric power market

Arizona commissioners’ views on a non-jurisdictional utility’s cost-cutting plan

Michael Giberson The Salt River Project is, among other things, a fairly substantial electric utility serving customers in the state of Arizona. As it is a state-chartered entity, not an investor-owned utility, it is not subject to regulation by the Arizona Corporation Commission. But that didn’t stop a couple of Arizona state commissioners from opining … More Arizona commissioners’ views on a non-jurisdictional utility’s cost-cutting plan

How can Arizona become a solar power exporter if it opposes building interstate power lines?

Michael Giberson So, I’ve been thinking more about Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s goal of turning the state into “the Persian Gulf of solar energy.” Last week I concluded that devoting about 236 square miles of Arizona desert to solar generators — like the recently announced state-of-the-art Solana Generating Station — would be enough to make … More How can Arizona become a solar power exporter if it opposes building interstate power lines?

Can Arizona become the “Persian Gulf of Solar Energy”?

Michael Giberson Spanish company Abengoa Solar and Arizona Public Service Company have announced plans to build a large solar powered electric generator, to come online in 2011, but like many such announcements it comes with a couple of public-policy related “ifs”; they’ll build it if they get the necessary approvals from the Arizona utility regulator, … More Can Arizona become the “Persian Gulf of Solar Energy”?