Carbon-free energy required by 2050 under Arizona Corporation Commission proposal

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Posted at 8:53 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 10:53:14-05

States across the Southwest have adopted clean energy plans that regulate utility companies and work toward carbon-free goals. After lagging for several years, Arizona is starting to catch up.

The Arizona Corporation Commission on Friday passed a proposal requiring utilities to be 100% free of carbon emissions by 2050 and meet particular benchmarks along the way.

According to the commission, carbon free requires the use of resources that do not generate carbon emissions “resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal, petroleum, natural gas, oil, shale, and bitumen.”

Nuclear and hydroelectric generators are considered carbon free, as are wind and solar.

Read more from the Phoenix Business Journal.