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SRP building
Salt River Project will elect new board members this spring to provide oversight for much of the Valley’s power and water needs.
Feb. 14, 2022
Bunch of red Valentine's Day heart shaped Mylar balloons
APS is warning that a popular Valentine’s Day gift is responsible for power outages every year — Mylar balloons. When released into the air, the balloons get tangled in power lines. APS spokesperson Lily Quezada says not all of last year’s balloon-related outages were caused on Valentine’s day.
Feb. 13, 2022
Arizona House of Representatives building
A state House panel passed a measure Tuesday that sets requirements for who can be a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Feb. 2, 2022
After changing rising prices on electricity for homes with solar panels, the court found SRP used pricing structures to deter customers from buying solar panels.
Feb. 1, 2022
Home Construction
Housing, utilities and transportation costs are making it more expensive for higher-wage earners to live in the metro Phoenix region.
Jan. 27, 2022
Arizona Corporation Commission building
Arizona's utility regulators have rejected new rules that would have drastically boosted the use of renewable energy for the second time in a year.
Jan. 27, 2022
Sonoran Solar
Mexico is set to break ground on a massive solar energy plant in the state of Sonora next month. Officials say the first phase of the project will be up and running before the end of the year.
Jan. 19, 2022
An APS utility meter on a home
In early November, the state housing department launched the Homeowner Assistance Fund, meant to help people affected by the pandemic avoid foreclosure. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked: Why has the fund mostly helped homeowners with utilities and not mortgage payments, so far?
Jan. 16, 2022
water faucet
After just a few days of deciding to resume water shut-offs, the city of Phoenix has chosen to hold off after all. Phoenix cited a rise in COVID-19 cases for its decision.
Jan. 6, 2022
water faucet
The Phoenix Water Services Department announced that it will resume water shut-offs for those who are 31 days or more past due on payments starting in February.
Jan. 4, 2022
Power lines
Work crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are partnering with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to extend power lines to homes in several tribal communities.
More tribal natural resources stories
Dec. 10, 2021
The Thread of Energy by Martin Pasqualetti
Energy is a clear part of our everyday lives, whether it’s flipping a light switch or turning on our car’s engine. But energy has had a bigger-picture impact on world history, and, today, it powers some of the most contentious geopolitical debates.
Dec. 2, 2021
An APS utility meter on a home
The state Court of Appeals ruled utilities cannot be legally shielded if their negligence kills or harms people or destroys property.
Dec. 1, 2021
Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station
Palo Verde Generating Station will test its outdoor warning sirens Wednesday. The drill will test several sirens within a 10-mile radius of the nuclear plant, which is located about 55 miles west of Phoenix.
Nov. 30, 2021
SRP electricity meter
The holiday season can be a busy time for scammers. And one of the state’s largest utilities, SRP, is warning customers not to be caught off-guard.
Nov. 25, 2021
Sen. Mark Kelly, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was in Phoenix on Friday to tout the recently passed infrastructure bill in a state that will be crucial in determining control of the U.S. Senate. He appeared at events throughout the day with Democratic Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema to promote the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
More Arizona politics news
Nov. 19, 2021
President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden signed his $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law Monday on the White House lawn, hailing it as an example of what bipartisanship can achieve.
Nov. 15, 2021
Computer
Communities can apply for the funding from the Arizona Broadband Development Program from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce to expand internet access.
Nov. 15, 2021
Navajo Generating Station
The Arizona Corporation Commission voted last week to cut Arizona Public Service’s profits by more than $100 million. At the same time, it also voted to dramatically slash funding it had planned to provide to the Navajo Nation and other tribal communities.
Nov. 9, 2021
power lines
The uncomfortable relationship between the state’s largest utility — APS — and its regulators on the Arizona Corporation Commission was turned up a notch Nov. 3 when commissioners voted 3-2 to cut APS’s revenue by more than $100 million.
Nov. 4, 2021

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