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Arizona Solar Center Blog

Commentary from Arizona Solar Center Board Members and invited contributors.

While blog entries are initiated by the Solar Center, we welcome dialogue around the posted topics. Your expertise and perspective are highly valued -- so if you haven't logged in and contributed, please do so!

Jim Arwood served six Arizona governors in various capacities managing federal energy programs, culminating in his appointment by then Governor Janet Napolitano, as Director of the State Energy Office in 2006. After nearly 25 years serving the state of Arizona, Mr. Arwood retired from government service in 2010 and today consults for a variety of energy related organizations. He also serves as Director of Communications for the Arizona Solar Center.

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Frederick Buechner wrote that there is a time for looking back over the past "and trying to figure out where we have come from and where we are going to."

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Jim Stack
The Solar market will change in Arizona now that the Utilities are not providing incentives. We will now have a very robust SREC R... Read More
Thursday, 28 May 2015 15:07
Jim Stack
The Truth and Facts never change. Read about the Subsidies to Fossil FUEL. COAL is not low cost neither is NG or Nuclear! http://... Read More
Saturday, 13 June 2015 10:07
Jim Stack
An other FACT, we are running out of drinkable water. Yet Fracking uses Billions of gallons of water and Power generation uses Bil... Read More
Monday, 29 June 2015 12:33
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New Waves of Disruption

Last year I wrote a blog about “Waves of Disruption” [Feb 22, 2014] sweeping through the energy sector.

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Jim Stack
Tesla will announce their Home Battery storage system 4/30/2015. They are building their Giga Battery factory in Nevada and it pro... Read More
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 07:12
Jim Stack
Question: How will distributed generation evolve in the next decade? Solar firm's home battery systems target SRP fees, It's here... Read More
Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:20
Jim Stack
Nancy from ASU gets it. http://m.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/guest-opinion/Content?oid=4978962... Read More
Saturday, 25 April 2015 17:47
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For What It's Worth

The debate over climate change is largely settled, and most Americans understand that one of the best weapons to reduce climate altering emissions is for individuals to employ passive solar strategies and adopt renewable energy technologies.

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Joe Costion
My Solar water heater: Is a Cornell Passive Batch heater. I installed it on my house in Flagstaff circa 1984. I have very littl... Read More
Sunday, 29 March 2015 07:58
Keith rowley
putting solar electric power on my home is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Its paid for and satisfies all of my electric... Read More
Monday, 30 March 2015 05:05
Jim Stack
There's something happening here -- and what it is is pretty clear. quote from Jim Arwood http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/27/solar-un... Read More
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 19:49
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Visions of tomorrow . . . take root today

This morning while thinking of all the solar pioneers and their contributions to an alternative future, I was inspired by a speech my son, Jimmy, delivered last week at the state capitol as part of the protest against budget cuts to education.

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Jim Stack
This power company is adding storage to better manage all the Renewable energy it gets. Now that is vision. http://www.renewablee... Read More
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:52
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The end of solar as we know it?

For the past decade SRP’s solar policies were designed to help increase the demand for solar and drive down costs until the solar industry could stand on its own.

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Dale P Carriere
This is, as another has said, simple, unabashed bait-and-switch on the part of SRP.
Sunday, 22 February 2015 08:22
Jim Combs
Jim, You omit the key reason PV took off after 2009, it was the adoption of NEM. Whether people want to admit it or not, it is a ... Read More
Sunday, 22 February 2015 13:13
Jim Stack
On 2/26/2015 SRP board members voted and killed home Solar in their area with extra fees, a demand charge and forcing them into a ... Read More
Friday, 27 February 2015 14:21
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Déjà Vu

Seems like we have been here before--the rooftop solar debate in Arizona is being branded as a debate about fairness.

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Jim Stack
Yes lots of personal stories of home owners trying to do the right thing while also saving money. SRP should come out with new rat... Read More
Sunday, 15 February 2015 07:35
Peter Schumann
Yes Jim!! This is totally bizarre!! History form my perspective has shown the basis of commerce is " user pays"!! The more you us... Read More
Sunday, 15 February 2015 16:26
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Rooftop Solar Users: M-m-m-my Generation

Salt River Project management has proposed dramatic changes to its residential electricity rates that carry significant impacts for its more than 12,000 rooftop solar customers.

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Peter Schumann
Frankly, I think this is outrageous! In a state where there is abundance of sun energy SRP wants to throttle back this development... Read More
Sunday, 18 January 2015 08:03
Jim Stack
The Who, good title and song about this Self Generation issue as SRP calls the people who help the G-G-GRID written by Peter Town... Read More
Monday, 19 January 2015 08:17
Pat
Jim, We became residents of AZ in 2012, having moved from beautiful Colorado. We are now doubting this decision when something l... Read More
Monday, 19 January 2015 11:30
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The Clean Energy Story of 2014: There is No Planet B

The biggest clean energy story in 2014 may well be our Story of the Year again come next December: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

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Russell Lowes
Hi Jim, You write, "The bottom line is clear for all to see -- natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency are the answer to ho... Read More
Sunday, 04 January 2015 11:05
Jim Stack
also agree with Russ. The US hit peak NG in 2004 and was importing and building platforms to get compressed NG from other countrie... Read More
Saturday, 17 January 2015 11:20
Cassey
I don't agree natural gas would be considered as a clean energy while we have many alternative resources that could help reduce gr... Read More
Sunday, 08 March 2015 23:58
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The Year In Review - 2014

Some of the biggest issues facing society in the new year will involve finding solutions to our energy and climate problems, and how the growing tension over power production plays out. As the calendar turns to 2015, the Arizona Solar Center takes a look back at some of the major solar stories that made headlines in 2014.

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Partial Eclipse of the Sun: The Good Solar vs Bad Solar Conflict

Earthwise, Solar Choice and Solar Partners are just some of the marketing catchphrases and program names that have characterized utility solar programs in Arizona since 1997.

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War on Efficiency

The politics of energy and climate is heating up – both figuratively and literally.

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Jim Stack
Hopefully the Light they see is an American made LED. quote=Hopefully the new commission will see this “energy efficient light,” ... Read More
Friday, 28 November 2014 10:45
Jim Stack
It should be administered by a 3rd party so they are impartial . The 3rd party has to be out of the control of the utilities or ot... Read More
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 20:35
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Election Analysis: Power boost or short circuit (redux)?

Four years ago, I wrote an article for a national magazine on what to make of the 2010 mid-term elections and its implications for energy policy.

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Jim Stack
This is a good report to show what the public wants and will pay for. But do they know the huge subsidies that already go to COAL,... Read More
Saturday, 08 November 2014 14:57
Jeff Spies
Excellent perspective Jim. I fully agree that republicans cannot continue to deny and ignore. Especially now that insurance comp... Read More
Monday, 10 November 2014 09:39
Russell Lowes
Could you please list the URL for this survey?
Monday, 10 November 2014 14:44
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Targeting Climate Voters

Earlier this week the New York Times published an article about how environmental issues have become a major force in political advertising during this election cycle.

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The Polarization of ARRA

In 2008, Americans across the country voted for change.  That change included transforming our century-old dependence on fossil fuels.  Central to this makeover was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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Hal Hudson
I hope the loan recipients repay the US taxpayers for co-signing these loans... $2.3 Billion for 70 full-time jobs being created s... Read More
Sunday, 19 October 2014 06:50
Jim
Hi Hal -- thanks for commenting . . . The rationale for the economic stimulus package was for the government to offset the decreas... Read More
Sunday, 19 October 2014 09:36
Jim Stack
Seems like a small impact until you add up all the CO2 eliminated, the taxes that will continue for many years. Then compare that ... Read More
Thursday, 23 October 2014 20:35
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Real-world examples of an alternative future

Humanity continues to power forward on the road to an alternative future.  Forbes magazine predicts that by 2030, approximately $90 trillion will be invested worldwide in infrastructure for cities, land use and energy -- with an emphasis on a shift to a low-carbon economy.

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Jim Stack
Question: Should our public bodies adopt targets/goals for their own solar generation and energy efficiency requirements? YES, th... Read More
Sunday, 05 October 2014 07:43
Glenda Williamson
Our public bodies should be worrying less about the constituents that got them in and more about the future, so yes.
Friday, 10 October 2014 17:21
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There’s a lot of work (to do)...

Earlier this summer the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed rules for Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. This is the rule that deals with reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants by 2030. The proposed rule was shaped by public input and builds upon existing priorities, activities, and efforts in states throughout the country.

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Jim Stack
Question: Should the legislature allow a plan, developed by Arizonans, to be submitted in response to the EPA’s Section 111(d) rul... Read More
Sunday, 28 September 2014 14:42
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Red and Blue Equals Green

George P. Shultz served as U.S. Secretary of State, Treasury and Labor under two GOP Presidents. Today, Shultz is co-chair of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution task force on energy policy.

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Curt Shannon
Shultz also participated in the excellent "Risky Business" report that came out earlier this year. Co-authors on that report were ... Read More
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:36
Jim Stack
Our government has enacted the first new rule to reduce carbon in our states. Have to written them to suggest ways to improve and ... Read More
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:11
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Labor Day: New Deal Roots and Clean Energy Offshoots

1931

The Great Depression witnessed the highest unemployment rate this country has ever known. A quarter of the American workforce was jobless at its height in 1932. The next year, the newly-elected President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed into law legislation that put the country on the road to recovery.

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Jim Stack
What ARRA energy projects are you aware of in your community? I checked on line and Chandler has a list of over $22 Million ARRA p... Read More
Friday, 05 September 2014 10:28
Jim Stack
Michael Crow ,ASU President doesn't need any ARRA to be the Solar PV leader in the USA. Just PPA's that pay for themselves and cre... Read More
Sunday, 07 September 2014 13:56
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Point of Personal Privilege

It’s move-in day at the ASU dorms in downtown Phoenix.

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Jim Stack
JA, Good move. I like the similar path that Michael Crow ,ASU President followed. While at Syracuse University (Cloudy,Cold, 100 i... Read More
Sunday, 17 August 2014 08:17
Cynthia Bower
Who or what inspired me to learn more about solar energy? Response: my grandfather, William J. Bailey, an engineer who developed... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:02
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Victory

Solar energy once was considered a feel-good story.  We celebrated every announcement as a victory.  The promise of free non-polluting power was the hook-line.

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Jim Arwood
Hey Dan, Great to see you here -- appreciate all you and the folks at RUCO do for solar development in the state. The article did... Read More
Sunday, 10 August 2014 13:26
Jim Stack
A great Solar story is in this short video, Gallons of Light (Sunshine). It's about the amazing USA made Tesla S family sedan run... Read More
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:11
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