Arizona should be the #1 Solar State in the Country and on the cutting-edge of energy and water conservation.
A 21st CEntury energy grid
In 2008, former Governor Janet Napolitano famously said, “There is no reason that Arizona should not be the Persian Gulf of solar energy.” That statement is just as true now as it was then. The solar industry delivers quality, good paying jobs that strengthen Arizona’s economy as well as clean energy that protects our health and our planet. Arizona should be a national leader in the green economy and our Legislature can lead the way.
We've seen the influence of our utility companies grow even more since 2016, requiring the voters to use the ballot to demand clean energy! I supported the Clean Energy for a Health Arizona ballot initiative because until we can elect Corporation Commissioners with integrity, we must mandate a push toward a zero-carbon grid. In my first term, I held the House Floor when APS-backed legislators tried to pass a deceptively similar initiative designed to confuse voters, but would make the renewable mandates essentially meaningless.
When re-elected I will continue to take action to counter anti-solar efforts by the Arizona Corporation Commission which appears bent on reducing solar incentives for homes and businesses. The Arizona legislature can do a lot, starting with updating its residential and commercial building energy codes consistent with federal standards. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, such updating would save Arizonans over $250 million a year by 2030. Solar saves residents and business owner’s money and fosters entrepreneurship and innovation.
WATER IS A PRECIOUS RESOURCE WE MUST PROTECT
All of Arizona should be following Tucson’s lead when it comes to water policy. International experts have come to Tucson to learn about our efforts to encourage water conservation and ground water protection. The University of Arizona is a leader in water-saving drip irrigation and arid land farming practices.
Water is a key issue in the world today, Arizona should be a leader in the world on investing in cost effective water saving policies. In my first term, I worked hard to prevent rollbacks of some of Arizona's most forward-looking water protection laws and when re-elected I will work to not just prevent bad changes, but enact progressive regulation that ensure a sustainable future for Arizona.
Visit my page at the Arizona Legislature website to see bills I’ve sponsored here.