Arizona Utility Commissioner calls for cost analysis of proposed clean energy plan

  • Arizona utility Commissioner Andy Tobin has called for an audit of the costs and benefits associated with raising the state's clean energy standard, including requiring utilities to get 80% of their electricity from renewables and nuclear by 2050 and deploy 3000 MW of energy storage by 2030.
  • Tobin's Arizona Energy Modernization Plan also calls for reforms in utility planning processes, policies to boost energy efficiency, electric vehicles and biomass, and the deployment of 3 GW of storage by 2030.

  • Tobin wants the Residential Utility Consumer Office to conduct "a full audit and benefit-cost analysis" of the Arizona Energy Modernization Plan, specifically comparing it to costs associated with utilities' current integrated resource plans and 15-year forecasts.

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive.