In February 2014, the Arizona Republic's Ryan Randazzo wrote about a plan drafted by a political consulting group commissioned by the state's largest utility "to help APS change or alter the Arizona Corporation Commission".
The following university entities are involved in developing solar and renewable energy technologies as well as facilitating their increased implementation:
- AzRISE at University of Arizona: www.arizona.edu/...azrise
AzRISE (Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy) creates multi-disciplinary partnerships integrating research, economics, public policy and education.
- Lightworks at Arizona State University: asulightworks.com
ASU Lightworks is an umbrella organization of laboratories, departments, research centers and individual researchers with a focus on various forms of alternative energy sources, primarily solar, bioenergy and energy storage.
- SES at Northern Arizona University: ses.nau.edu
The Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) Group provides society with broadly educated energy experts and new technologies, and helps shape energy decision-making in both the private and public sectors while increasing the public's energy literacy.