3rd Annual AEFC Presentations Now Online

Below are links to all of the conference presentations. If you have questions about the content of a particular presentation, please direct them to the speaker and not to AriSEIA.

  • Rod Richardson, Clean Tax Cuts Working Group: Clean Tax Cuts: Policy Implications of the Clean Capitalist Revolution (Morning Keynote)
  • Karl Rabago, Pace Energy & Climate Center, Pace Law School NY (Lunch Keynote)
  • Lon Huber, Strategen: Utility of the Future - Context, Approaches, and Challenges
  • Tom Harris: DER Design & Implementation for a More Resilient Grid (Behind Meter)
  • Daniel Haughton, APS, Distribution Planning & DER
  • Joseph Cunningham, Sunny Energy, DER Design
  • Nick Wold, Inergy Systems: Home Energy Management Systems Demand and Distributed Resource Management
  • Ron Rodel, ASU, ASU's Professional Science Master’s Solar Energy Engineering  & Commercialization Program
  • 2017 AEFC Conference Agenda: Solar - A Force For Economic Development

We look forward to keeping an open dialogue to move toward Arizona’s successful advancement into the 21st century energy solutions. If you are not a member of AriSEIA or of the Arizona Solar Energy Coalition, we encourage you to join and get even more involved in supporting all solar energy industries in Arizona because solar really is a force for econoic development in Arizona.

We will let you know via this newsletter when the individual panels are available to view online.

Arizona Energy Futures Conference 2017

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Solar: A Force For Economic Development

October 6, 2017

The Third Annual Arizona Energy Futures Conference will take place Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Rio Salado Conference Center on the Tempe Campus of the Rio Salado Community College. The sessions will demonstrate how solar and distributed generation can and has created businesses, jobs, and builds local and state economies; examine policies and recognize new technologies that expand energy choice while keeping rates low; and examine what Arizona should do to be able to profit from the coming changes in energy generation and markets.

This is not a conference you want to miss!

Conference Agenda

8:00am - Doors open

9:00 - 9:15 Pledge of Allegiance, Introductions & Opening Remarks – Lucy Mason, AriSEIA

9:15 – 10:10 Opening Keynote – Rod Richardson, CEO Grace Richardson Foundation, NY

10:15 - 11:10 The Utility of the Future: What will it Look Like?

  • Karl Rabago – Exec. Director, Pace Energy & Climate Center, Pace Law School NY
  • Other panelists TBD
  • Moderator – Herman Trabish

11:15–12:15: Distributed Energy Resources in AZ: Where Technology And Rate Design Provide Win For All?

  • Nick Wold, Inergy - Load Control "The Unsung Hero"
  • Putting Dispatchable Energy in User Control - Daniel Hill, Tabuchi Electric
  • Meter Disaggregation, Erik Norwood, CEO, Curb, Inc. (Tentative)
  • Kent Walter, APS - "Calling The Tune"
  • Moderator: Tom Harris, AriSEIA Board Treasurer

12:15 – 1:20 Keynote Speaker Introduction

  • Luncheon Keynote Speaker & Questions– Karl Rabago

1:35 – 2:30 Policy & Market Trends Driving The Future Of Energy

  • Nick Brown - SRP Board of Directors
  • Paul Fenn – Author of Community Choice Aggregators (CCA) law
  • Moderator: Lee Feliciano, AriSEIA Board Secretary 

2:45 – 3:45 Next Steps: Positioning Arizona For Future Opportunities

  • Senator Frank Pratt
  • Representative Ken Clark
  • Moderator: Dr. Ron Roedel, ASU Director, Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization Program

3:45 – 4:00 Wrap Up – Lucy Mason, Executive Director, AriSEIA


Open to the public

Rio Salado Conference Center, 2323 W 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281, Directions

Admission $35 (includes morning coffee, lunch & snacks), $50 at the door
MCCCD students with ID - Free ($15 w/lunch)
Only 200 seats available - Preregistration required
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2017 Valley Of The Sun Solar Tour

Valley of the Sun Solar Tour 2017

October 7-8, 2017

The AriSEIA Solar Tour takes place on the weekend of Oct 7-8, 2017.   Various residential and commercial solar systems across the Valley of the Sun will be open to the public with the system owners and installers present to share their knowledge and experience, and to answer questions regarding the system as well as the process of going solar in Arizona.  For more information, including locations and schedules, return to this page or visit the event page on Facebook.

The AZ Solar Systems Tour is an initiative of the Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association to educate the general public about the benefits of solar and energy efficiency technologies. 

Solar Tour “Passports” ($10 for a single day, $15 for both days) can be purchased online at Eventbrite and downloaded the tickets to your smartphone. Sign up for the 2017 Arizona Energy Futures Conference and save $20 on the full conference registration fees.

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Press Release: AriSEIA Statement on APS/Solar Industry Settlement Agreement

Contact: Lucy Mason
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PHOENIX, AZ, March 1, 2017 The Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association (AriSEIA) announced today that it has agreed to terms on a comprehensive settlement of the ongoing and contentious Arizona Public Service (APS) rate case.  While the settlement's terms are expected to result in an unfortunate shrinking of Arizona's solar industry, the terms are expected to allow the industry to survive in a state that has seen much controversy around solar in recent years.  "The future of Arizona's solar industry was very much on the line in this case and while this settlement doesn't help Arizona solar grow, it allows solar to remain a viable option for some Arizonans" said Brandon Cheshire of Sun Harvest Solar, President of the Board of AriSEIA.  
"AriSEIA is hopeful that the settlement will put an end to years of attacks on the rooftop solar industry in Arizona" continued Cheshire noting that agreement of any kind between utilities and solar providers is a notable and positive development.
AriSEIA is pleased that the settlement reconfirmed support for the essential policy of grandfathering whereby any APS customer signing up for solar before the settlement agreement is finally adopted will be guaranteed 20 years of full retail net metering and their current utility rate design.  In addition, the settlement terms create a new and incentive-free rate aimed at supporting the adoption of new technologies like solar paired with battery storage, creating new opportunities for Arizona ratepayers to have an alternative to the status quo.
"At the end of the day, the alternative to this settlement was to risk the entire solar industry to litigation in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission and AriSEIA concluded that was simply too much risk to take" said Corey Garrison of Southface Solar Electric, Board Member of AriSEIA. He also went on to say  "Arizona currently has more than 7,000 people working in the solar industry and while we firmly believe this state should be doing everything possible to increase that number, we are optimistic that this settlement protects a significant number of the existing jobs".
Through a separate agreement, APS, Industry Representatives, and solar advocates commit to stand by the settlement agreement and refrain from seeking to undermine it through ballot initiatives, legislation or advocacy at the ACC.

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Arizona Energy Futures Conference

Arizona Energy Futures Conference

Changes to Arizona law and regulation from 2015 have had a significant impact on the demand, availability and economics of solar electric and solar water systems. 2016 has seen additional regulations added onto businesses and fees tacked on to customers. Throw in the election of 3/5 of the Arizona Corporation Commission and 2017 looks to be even more unpredictable.  This makes it all the more important that the main issues that face energy choice and source in Arizona get an open and unbiased discussion prior to the November 8th election.

Join national and local experts in an open and honest discussion of the issues that will drive Arizona's energy future on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe.

Conference Agenda

Join national and local experts in an open and honest discussion of the issues that will drive Arizona's energy future on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe.

9:00 – 9:05 Pledge of Allegiance & Opening Remarks - Lucy Mason, AriSEIA

9:05 – 9:15 Rio Salado College Welcome - Dr. Chris Bustamante

9:15 – 9:40 Keynote – The Path to Arizona’s Energy Future, Chris Nelder, RMI

9:45 - 10:35 Utility Rate Cases: The Insider’s Perspective

  • Meghan Grabel, OM Law
  • Briana Kobor, Vote Solar
  • Moderator: Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times

10:40 – 11:40 Demand Charges/Net Metering

  • Kris Mayes – former AZ Corporation Commissioner
  • Glen Andersen – National Council of State Legislators
  • Snuller Price, Energy + Environmental Economics (E3)
  • Dr. Naim Darghouth – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Moderator: Karl Rabago - Pace Energy & Climate Center

11:45 – 11:55 Why Arizona’s Energy Choices Matter - Court Rich

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch – Candidates Roundtable, “One-On-One with ACC Candidates”

1:30 – 2:30 Legislative & Regulatory Impacts On Business: One Year Later

  • Robbie Uppal, Solar Topps – Impact of Local Regulations
  • Mark Holohan, Wilson Electric – Impact of legislation
  • Kevin Koch, Technicians for Sustainability – Impact of Utility Fees
  • Former Mayor of Mesa, AZ, Scott Smith – Solar Tech Business
  • Moderator: Pat Quinn, Arizona Utility Ratepayer Alliance

2:45 – 3:45 Future Markets: Cheaper Solar, Battery Storage & Impact of EVs

  • Richard Jacobson, Intertek Testing Services – Electric Vehicles
  • Christopher C. Deschene, U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • Boaz Soifer, Bay Wa r.e.- New Technology Impacts
  • Moderator: Dr. Nathan Johnson, ASU Dir. LEAP

3:45 – 4:00 Wrap Up – Tom Harris, President, AriSEIA

4:00PM Conference Concludes

Open to the public

Admission $35 (includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon snack)
MCCCD students with ID - Free ($15 w/lunch)
Only 200 seats available - Preregistration required
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