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State Legislation Overview
As of 3-3-2014:
The Arizona Solar Center provides the following summaries of legislation that has been introduced in the 2014 Arizona legislature. The Solar Center is a non-partisan entity and as such does not support or oppose any legislative bill.
- HB 2553: political subdivisions; energy incentives; prohibition
Sponsored by Rep. Allen
Prohibits the state and any county, city, school district or other political subdivision from claiming or accepting any incentive or subsidy from an incentive program offered by a public utility. Restricts any third-party vendor or contractor from accepting any incentive on behalf of the government entity.
- HB 2358: tax; valuation; renewal energy equipment
Sponsored by Rep. Fann
Outlines the method for determining the full cash value of renewable energy equipment and the full cash value of land on which the equipment is located.
- HB 2182 electric utilities; renewable energy standards
Sponsored by Rep. Seel
Gives the legislature exclusive authority to determine renewable energy policy for Arizona, including targets, mandates, tax credits, incentives and other direct means to determine or encourage the production, distribution and use of renewable energy sources. Does not include setting utility rates. Establishes a renewable energy standards for public and private power entities in this state.
- SB1030 Solar School Grant Program
Sponsored by Sen. Farley
Transfer funds from the Arizona Commerce Authority to the Department of Education to provide grants to school districts for solar education programs in schools that use solar technology. The solar education programs may include solar open houses and other demonstration projects. School districts may apply to the Department of Education for grants from the fund.
- SB1484: tax credit, manufacturers; renewable energy
Senators Worsley, Pierce: McComish (with permission of Committee on Rules)
Creates individual and corporate tax credits for investment in new renewable energy facilities that produce energy primarily for manufacturing. The amount of the credit is capped at $2 million per facility per calendar year, with the aggregate amount of credit capped at $20 million per calendar year. To be eligible for the credit, the taxpayer must invest at least $300 million in new renewable energy facilities in Arizona that produce energy for self-consumption using renewable energy resources; at least 90 percent of the energy produced at each renewable energy facility is used for self-consumption in Arizona; and the power is used primarily for manufacturing.
- SB 1402 renewable energy; definition
Primary Sponsor Sen. Melvin
Status: Passed the Senate on Feb. 27 (17 yes 13 no) and has been transmitted to the House.
Description: Defines energy sources that are considered renewable energy. Defines renewable energy as including: a) solar; b) wind; c) hydroelectric; d) pumped storage; e) flywheel storage; f) hydrogen; g) geothermal; h) biomass and biomass baseload; and i) nuclear energy fueled by recycled uranium fuel rods that include 80 percent or more recycled nuclear fuel or natural thorium reactor resources under development.
- SB1073 green technology and manufacturing incentives
Introduced by Senators Ableser, Bradley, Farley, Gallardo, Hobbs, Tovar; Representatives Mendez, Sherwood: Senators Meza, Pancrazi
Description: Provides definition and criteria for the owner of a green manufacturing business to qualify for an income tax credit and property reclassification
- HB2595 tax; renewable energy; on-site consumption
Introduced by Representative Allen
Status: Discussion/Held in Ways and Means Committee, Feb 17.
Description: Specifies that, for the purposes of property valuation, a solar energy device owned by a homeowner, for their own use, adds no value to the property on which it is installed.
- HB2304 prime contracting deduction; waste facility
Introduced by Representative Pratt
Description: Would exempt mixed waste processing facilities from prime contracting transaction privilege tax, if that mixed waste processing facility is located on a municipal landfill and that it is constructed for the purpose of recycling waste or producing renewable energy.
An additional source for information on legislative and policy developments in the energy sector is:
Arizona Governor's Energy Office NewsletterThis newsletter is published by the Arizona Governor's Office of Energy Policy and is provided free of charge to the public. It contains verbatim excerpts from international and domestic energy and environment-related publications reviewed by the Education and Community Outreach personnel.
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