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Below is a list 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.
HB2182 - electric utilities; renewable energy standards (Seel) Energy/Environment, Rules
HB2206 - water and energy improvement districts (Orr, Sherwood) Energy/Environment, Government, Appropriations, Rules
HB2304 - prime contracting deduction; waste facility (Pratt) Ways & Means, Rules
HB2595 - tax; renewable energy; on-site consumption (Allen) - Ways & Means HELD video
HB2623 - electrical generating units; carbon standards (Pratt, Orr, Shope, Melvin) - Energy, Environment & Natural Resources - HELD video
HB2647 - school buildings; energy conservation (Sherwood, Mendez)
HCR2032 - net metering; electric utilities (Campbell, Gallego: Larkin, Otondo, Wheeler)
SB1030 - Solar School Grant Program (Farley) Appropriations, Education, Finance, Rules
SB1066 - green public schools task force (Ablesar) Education, Government & Environment, Rules
SB1072 -energy conservation; school buildings (Ablesar) Education, Appropriations, Rules
SB1073 -green technology and manufacturing incentives (Ablesar) Natural Resources & Rural Affairs, Finance, Rules
SB1074 -energy conservation; public buildings (Ablesar) Government & Environment, Appropriations, Rules
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 - 3/4/14
SB1484 - tax credit; manufacturers; renewable energy (Worsley, Pierce, McComish) - Commerce, Energy & Military - 5-0-2 video | vote detail / Appropriations 6-3-0 video | vote detail
SCR1022 - rule making; electric generating units; opposition (Griffin, Burges, Shooter, et al) - Government & Environment - 4-2-1 video | vote detail / Rules - DP / Third Read #1 - 3/6/14
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.”