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AriSEIA's News You Can Use
May 6, 2021
Dear Members,

After many years of hard work, the Arizona Corporation Commission voted down the advancement of Arizona’s Clean Energy Rules yesterday. During the daylong hearing on the rules, AriSEIA alongside various environmental groups, utilities and consumer advocates all testified in support of the Rules Package. Many amendments were offered, some passing, which effectively gutted the proposed requirements to offer nothing more than lofty goals. Ultimately, the entire package failed in a 2-3 vote. 

A huge thank you to Commissioner Kennedy and Commissioner Tovar for their steadfast support of the energy rules throughout and ultimate vote to not support the watered-down package. We stakeholders supporting the rules will reconvene to examine the outcome of yesterday’s hearing, discuss the next steps and will keep you posted on future calls to action. 

At your service,

Nicole LaSlavic
AriSEIA Executive Director 
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Arizona Corporation Commission Kills Energy Rules
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