PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 

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Public News Service - AZ: Energy Policy

Ratepayers can weigh in on a proposed increase on their APS electricity bill at a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix. (Xandert/Morguefile)

PHOENIX – Public hearings resume Wednesday in Phoenix on the proposed Arizona Public Service (APS) electricity rate settlement agreement, which could tack $13 a month onto customers' bills. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) can either accept, modify or reject the agreement in a few mon

Flaring or burning of natural gas means less royalties for government agencies and more energy wasted. (Bureau of Land Management)

PHOENIX – Efforts by the oil and gas industry to roll back an Obama-era environmental rule don't sit well with most Arizonans, according to a new poll. The energy industry wants Congress to kill a rule which reduces the amount of natural gas released or burned off at drilling sites on public

Conservation and health advocates warn that Congress is working to gut environmental regulations that protect Arizona's air and water. (mmainco/morguefile)

PHOENIX – Public health and environmental groups warn that low-income Arizonans will be at greater risk for respiratory problems and heart disease linked to pollution if the new Congress guts environmental and health regulations. The House of Representatives went back into session last week,

Arizona Latinos overwhelmingly support clean energy, according to a new poll. (Adamkaz/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX -- Nine out of ten Latinos in Arizona want Congress to pass a bill to combat climate change, and 95 percent think it's "extremely or somewhat important" that legislators and the incoming Trump administration take action to increase the use of clean energy, according to a new poll. The rese

Conservation groups are criticizing the Final Environmental Impact Statement on Glen Canyon Dam. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

LAKE POWELL, Ariz. – Conservation groups are slamming the feds' final proposal for fixes at Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell on the Colorado River. The U.S. Department of the Interior just released the final environmental impact statement on the new management plan, and the public review period

Consumer advocates say higher rates granted to UniSource Energy could make paying electric bills difficult for many low- and fixed-income customers. (michaeljung/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission approved both a significant rate hike and a 50 percent increase in the mandatory monthly "basic service charge” fee for UniSource Energy's 95,000 Arizona customers last week. Consumer advocates are concerned about how the new, higher electric

Advocates say a proposal by Arizona Public Service to cut net-metering rates in Arizona could cripple the state’s rooftop solar power industry. (francis49/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Solar-power advocates say a new rate proposal by Arizona Public Service, if put into effect, could cripple the state's rooftop solar industry. The plan, now before the Arizona Corporation Commission, would cut the rate paid for excess solar energy fed back to the grid by 73 percent, effe

APS has filed a rate case with the Arizona Corporation Commission which, if approved, could cost consumers more each month to pay their electric bills. (Futcher/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Consumer advocates are calling on Arizona regulatory officials to deny Arizona Public Service's request for an electric rate increase, and significant changes in how residential bills are calculated. The power company, which serves more than one million customers in Arizona, wants an almos

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