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Gila River Indian Community canal
In a move that may soon be replicated elsewhere, the Gila River Indian Community recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put solar panels over a stretch of irrigation canal on their land south of Phoenix.
Nov. 20, 2023
San Pedro riparian area
A wind energy project that dates back to the Obama administration is on hold now along a roughly 50-mile stretch in southern Arizona where a group of tribes and local communities oppose it.
Nov. 14, 2023
aps building
Arizona Public Service recently filed a 15-year outlook on energy consumption for its customers, and one nonprofit would like to see the utility commit to using more renewable energy.
Nov. 7, 2023
Rural Metro on the scene of the Diamond Fire
In areas covered by private fire companies, costs can be covered by subscriptions. However, some residents claimed they were unaware that such options were even offered.
Nov. 7, 2023
Katie Hobbs
Gov. Katie Hobbs said she is communicating with the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs about lowering rates for Florence and Coolidge residents served by the San Carlos Irrigation Project.
Nov. 1, 2023
Power lines
The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $1.3 billion commitment in three transmission lines crossing six states, including Arizona.
Oct. 30, 2023
SRP power lines
When Gov. Katie Hobbs took office at the start of the year she announced plans for a new state agency for energy and sustainability programs. That office is still getting set up. But important deadlines are quickly approaching for federal funding for climate change programs.
Oct. 19, 2023
SRP building
Conservationists have criticized Salt River Project’s recent forecast for energy production, saying they wanted to see more renewable energy in the mix. But the utility says it remains committed to renewable energy as it looks forward.
Oct. 17, 2023
wastewater plant
Phoenix is activating a treatment plant where recycled sewage will be converted not only to graywater for irrigation, but also to drinking water. The pilot project is the latest attempt to stretch resources in the face of historic drought.
Oct. 13, 2023
Rooftop solar panels on an Arizona home with cactus landscaping in the foreground
In a 3-2 vote Wednesday, the Arizona Corporation Commission decided it will consider changes to the way rooftop solar customers are compensated for excess power generation. Solar advocates say the move will cause major instability in the industry.
Oct. 11, 2023
solar panels
Salt River Project recently outlined its goals for energy production and sustainability goals through 2035, but conservation groups criticized the utility for its lack of commitment to renewable energy.
Oct. 11, 2023
Arizona Public Service letter
Valley temperatures soared to record highs during the summer, with little relief until recently. Arizona Public Service says the heat wave resulted in new benchmarks for power usage as well.
Oct. 10, 2023
Arizonans with rooftop solar panels could face significant cuts to their savings. In its meeting Wednesday, the Arizona Corporation Commission will consider changes to the way solar customers get compensated for excess generation.
Oct. 10, 2023
An oil well in northern Utah
Indigenous communities have long been unduly burdened by environmental pollution. Now, the Biden administration has sent nearly $40 million to help tribal communities plug and remediate orphaned oil and gas wells.
Sep. 21, 2023
Underside of a 40-ton hydropower turbine
SRP has invested $2.6 million to fund 36 research-and-development projects at Arizona’s three state universities. The public utility says the undertakings are meant to improve the Valley’s power system and watershed, and to educate a potential workforce on real-world applications.
Sep. 13, 2023
Four people in suits stand in front of a Google logo
Nationally, data centers are among the top commercial water users, but Google says it will not rely on a water cooling system in Mesa. Instead, air-cooled technology will be used.
Sep. 7, 2023
"For Rent" sign for a casita
Phoenix homeowners will soon be able to build an extra home on their lots. On Wednesday, the City Council approved accessory dwelling units in backyards.
Sep. 6, 2023
The Sierra Club has challenged an Arizona Corporation Commission decision to approve a permit for Salt River Project’s power plant expansion near Coolidge.
Sep. 5, 2023
A night view of an experimental high flow at Glen Canyon Dam in 2012.
The Colorado River reservoir is facing record low water levels that threaten the current system, and conservationists are proposing a work-around: a tunnel to bypass the dam. Others have begun to make similar proposals.
Sep. 5, 2023
Welcome to Scottsdale marker sign
Scottsdale City Council members will soon deliberate a proposed intergovernmental agreement to provide water to the Rio Verde Foothills Standpipe District.
Sep. 3, 2023

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