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Legislators passed and the Governor signed into law the renewable energy tax credit for manufacturers, Senate Bill 1484 or the so-called Apple bill. Also passed and signed was SB1413, the tax exemption on electricity sales for manufacturers bill. Essentially, manufacturers now pay no tax on their utility bills, which reduces the cost of electricity that would be offset by solar or other on-site generation equipment. While not so good for solar, this bill is good for economic development — it puts our electricity tax policy on par with that of other states that we compete with in attracting manufacturers to create jobs here. Some say more jobs means more prospective solar customers.
We are keeping a very close eye out for a zombie moment from SB1402 — the bill that, if passed, would redefine renewable energy to include nuclear. The bill appears to have died in March but the bill could be brought back to life by its language being tacked onto some other bill at the last minute this week before legislative session winds down.
Below is a complete ist of energy-related bills receiving legislative action this week and the results of any votes last week in the Arizona Legislature. AriSEIA encourages its members to contact their elected officials often and let them know what they think about all legislation. Contact information for the Arizona Senate and House can be found online at www.azleg.gov.
House Bills: All House bills introduced this session have died and no action is expected on them this session.
DEAD HB2206 - water and energy improvement districts (Orr, Sherwood)
DEAD HB2304 - prime contracting deduction; waste facility (Pratt)
DEAD HB2595 - tax; renewable energy; on-site consumption (Allen)
DEAD HB2623 - electrical generating units; carbon standards (Pratt, Orr, Shope, Melvin)
DEAD HB2647 - school buildings; energy conservation (Sherwood, Mendez)
DEAD HCR2032 - net metering; electric utilities (Campbell, Gallego: Larkin, Otondo, Wheeler)
Senate Bills: The top list of Senate bills are dead for the session. The remaining have either passed and sent to the Governor, signed into law by the Governor, or are awaiting additional action by the legislature.
DEAD SB1030 - Solar School Grant Program (Farley)
DEAD SB1066 - green public schools task force (Ablesar)
DEAD SB1072 -energy conservation; school buildings (Ablesar)
DEAD SB1073 -green technology and manufacturing incentives (Ablesar)
DEAD SB1074 -energy conservation; public buildings (Ablesar)
DEAD SB1467 - solar energy devices; on-site electricity (McCommish)
SB1227 - municipalities; counties; energy efficient codes (Crandell) - Government & Environment 3-2-2 video | vote detail / Rules PFC / Committee Of the Whole #1 - DPA Amendment / Third Read 27-2-0-0 vote detail / Transmitted to House / Ways & Means 8-0-0 video | vote detail / Rules C&P 5-0-4-0 vote detail / Awaiting final read
SB1301 - tax corrections 2014 (Yarbrough) Finance 6-0-1 video | vote detail / Third Read 27-2-0 video | vote detail / Transmitted to House 2/25/14 / Ways & Means 8-0-0 video | vote detail / Rules 5-0-0-4-0 vote detail | Passed House COW#2 video
SIGNED INTO LAW SB1413 - taxes; manufacturers' electricity sales; exemption (Yarbrough)
SIGNED INTO LAW SB1484 - tax credit; manufacturers; renewable energy (Worsley, Pierce, McComish)
TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE SCR1022 - rule making; electric generating units; opposition (Griffin, Burges, Shooter, et al)
By Mark Holohan, AriSEIA Board President
PHOENIX, AZ. FEBRUARY 12, 2014. While the recently released National Solar Jobs Census indicates Arizona still holds second place in the country for solar jobs, it shows a frightening decrease in the total number of industry jobs and a decline in the number of solar businesses operating in the state. In the last year alone, Arizona has shed 1,242 solar jobs, down from 10,000 jobs just one year ago. That’s a 12.5% decrease in Arizona solar jobs in an industry that grew at a 20% clip nationwide.
"What these numbers reflect are losses from all solar sectors and they should be troubling to all Arizonans. From what our members are reporting, these numbers are the tip of the iceberg of the number of solar jobs leaving the state," said Mark Holohan, AriSEIA's board president. “Our industry spent all of 2013 under attack and those attacks do not seem to be slowing down as we begin the new-year. The uncertainty caused by continued attacks will of course rob the State of more jobs unless policy makers step up and calm the waters.”
Comparing this year's census with those of prior years, there is a clear reversal of a growth trend that began over four years ago. Between the 2010 and 2011 solar census reports, Arizona's solar jobs more than doubled from 2,105 to 4,786. Between the 2011 and 2012 census, that number doubled again to nearly 10,000 jobs.
"Solar energy is one of Arizona's greatest assets and one of its most significant competitive advantages," said Holohan. "Ours was the only energy sector that has added significant numbers of new jobs and businesses to the Arizona economy. Our membership is deeply concerned that an anti-solar business atmosphere is emerging in sunny Arizona that is threatening the solar industry with increased taxes for its customers and other policy barriers. 2014 could be much worse than 2013 particularly if the legislature permits solar property tax increases that were not contemplated under existing laws. We are on the edge.”