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Issue Position: Arizona's Solar Future

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Arizona should be the solar energy capitol of the United States. This is what I believe, and it is the basis of my re-election campaign. Unfortunately the current majority at the Corporation Commission disagrees, and as a result our state is one of only four states where less than two percent of our electricity comes from "non-hydro" renewables like solar and wind. With one-third of our state occupied by the Sonoran desert and the cost of solar coming down rapidly, there's no excuse for Arizona to not lead the way. Our deserts, rooftops, parking lots, vacant lots, and other underutilized urban spaces, should be our electricity generating centers. Instead we continue to rely on dirty, expensive, and mostly imported, fossil fuels from a bygone era. I believe we can, and should, have an energy system reliant on energy sources that will never run out and that don't poison the air. As a Commissioner I introduced over 40 pro-clean energy amendments, the most of any Commissioner in Corporation Commission history.


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