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Jim Arwood

Jim Arwood

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.

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”  --Winston Churchill

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  • Michelle Rehmann Gipson
    Michelle Rehmann Gipson says #
    While I haven't seen the fake news you're mentioning (reference might be handy albeit reference to fake news, so..), it seems that

The future is not what it used to be.

In the 1990s, the push for electric vehicles gained momentum in response to national security concerns over our reliance on imported fuels and tailpipe emissions.

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  • Jake Kubiski
    Jake Kubiski says #
    I love this sentence "Clean energy resources remain the key to a sustainable planet for our children and our grandchildren.", that
  • Michelle Rehmann Gipaon
    Michelle Rehmann Gipaon says #
    Enjoyed your article. Upset to think of all the steps we take backward for every step forward. So inefficient and futile.

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Climate change is no longer an issue that our politicians can kick down the road for someone else to deal with at some point in the future.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    A women will always choose a cleaner path than a man. Look at Clara FORD would drove a Detroit Electric since she didn't like the

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Nearly 40 years ago, President Carter proclaimed the dawn of the solar age. But that proclamation may have been a little premature.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    The Solar age has already been here for 3 Billions years. Even coal and OIL are from compressed aged Solar material that have been

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The parable of the frog and boiling water is hundreds of years old. It has been used throughout history as a metaphor for circumstances in life when people are unable to see gradual change around them.

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  • Pawlowski
    Pawlowski says #
    Not this frog! I've been jumping for a while. The problem is that it doesn't matter if I jump if not enough others do. With proje

Four years ago the issue of climate change did not come up even once in the three presidential debates between President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Politic told us Nuclear would be too cheap to meter. This article links tells how it has turned out to be just the opposite. Yet S
  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Eileen, Electric cars are a great way to use Solar PV Electric since you save 4x more that buying imported and Fracked gas. Most E
  • Eileen Bump
    Eileen Bump says #
    I feel that climate change is affected by the natural cooling or warming of the earth's life cycle. I also believe that we are co

Whatever happened to Arizona’s support for policies to protect our environment? Where has our sense of environmental responsibility gone?

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  • Striker Rich
    Striker Rich says #
    SRPs rate plan is no different than a factory using child labor to make their products. They are profitting hugely off the backs o
  • James Pitre
    James Pitre says #
    In 2009, my wife and I decided to do something about our energy. I took a course in solar PV installation and became a certified i

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This year the Tucson Solar Potluck will be celebrating the art of solar cooking for the 34th consecutive year with a gathering of solar chefs at Catalina State Park on April 30.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    We are having a Solar Cookout in Tempe for the greater Phoenix area on May 5th,2016 Come join us. It's FREE and FUN. Come Enjoy th
  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Solar ovens are great with no rate plan or net metering to worry about. They keep food moist and healthy. I know I have 4 types of

Earth Day is April 22nd.  This marks the 46th Earth Day, and over the years it has taken on many different meanings for many different people.

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  • Lane S. Garrett, P.E., C.E.M.
    Lane S. Garrett, P.E., C.E.M. says #
    Looking at congress, I believe that there are less than a handful of scientists or engineers, This is tragic for our future. Man
  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    quote=most Americans don't have a clue. Lucky most don't need to know the Science, they just have to care about others and our 1 W

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A decade ago Governor Napolitano asked me to present at an energy forum of the National Governors Association taking place in Wilmington, Delaware.

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  • Edward Onofrio
    Edward Onofrio says #
    What are the odds that TEP will get its way in changing the current status of Net Metering. Am I an idiot for investing in solar a
  • John Barber
    John Barber says #
    And in recent news, APS sent out an RFP to acquire 400-600 megawatts of additional capacity. Why are they advocating restriction
  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Question: What is the promise of renewable energy? The promise is that it can supply more energy at less cost than any other form

The chaotic political season that has defined the 2016 presidential campaign experienced a jolt over the Presidents' Day weekend with the passing of Justice Scalia.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Speaking of judges. I just read a book about the break up of the Bell System and Bell Labs. By the way Bell Labs was the group tha

This marks my 40th year working in the renewable energy space that is solar energy.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    40 years from now is a long way to predict. EVen a year can be hard to get right. But as your message noted there will be Energy s
  • Mark Mardon
    Mark Mardon says #
    Yes, yes, I was there at Phoenix College when you organized Sun Day and brought awareness to the campus. Rock on!

It's not that I wanted to stay silent on the whole Corporation Commission mess...

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Here is a talk by the head of the Government FERC telling how Solar PV was growing. It's interesting to note the SRP is under the
  • Jim Combs
    Jim Combs says #
    Jim, Even though I am a solar advocate and have been a solar water heating contractor for 34 years I like to be objective on thes
  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    JC ,Looks like your company only does Hot Water systems and the AZCC and even utilities are fine with Solar Hot Water but don't le

In the Spring of 1987, Ray Harm sat on the veranda of his solar-powered ranch house on the edge of arroyo in Browns Canyon -- explaining climate change to me.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Question: Do you believe that climate change is going to be a priority issue in next year's Presidential election? I can only pray

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When you have been involved in this industry for five decades, it’s hard to look at where solar energy is today -- compared to where it was in the 1970s -- and not be thankful.

The modern era of the solar energy movement can be traced to the late 1970s.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Here is the greatest talk on Solar by Michael Crow. https://vimeo.com/29633150
  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    also coming quickly are Solar Micro GRIDS without the utility. http://microgridknowledge.com/utilities-look-at-solar-microgrids-
  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    a new report shows AZ is not reaching it's potential, I wonder why? = The report said that California in 2014 attracted more cle

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Two years ago the Arizona Solar Center asked me to write this blog as a way to give a voice to people that didn't have a voice in the looming battle over rooftop solar.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Question: Who or what has most influenced you and your opinions on solar energy? I was most influenced by GOD who made a perfect w

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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".

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Questions: Is this an opportunity to repair the fractured relationship between the utilities and the solar industry, or just a pau

This past month Arizonans witnessed the dismantling of its Energy Office in what was described as a budget saving move.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Question: Is there a role for government in the energy field? YES -First they can stop all the subsidies for Fossil fuels and Nu

Carbon targets aren't anything new. States and local governments have set targets for reducing carbon pollution going back more than a decade.

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  • Jim Stack
    Jim Stack says #
    Question: How do we shift the policy debate about the Clean Power Plan from focusing on short-term impacts to the long-term benefi
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