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Changes at the EPA – Scary or Exciting?

Solar Energy Capacity

New changes at the Environmental Protection Agency have begun and are proving to be scary or exciting, depending on whom you ask. Scott Pruitt started as EPA chief after a long career as a lawyer and Republican politician in Oklahoma, a state known for its oil and gas industry. In the past, he has described… Read More →

Target installs its largest solar rooftop installation in Phoenix

Target solar rooftop array

Target installed the retailer’s largest solar rooftop array at its Phoenix distribution center, in a partnership with Chicago-based solar installer SoCore, as part of the firm’s efforts to increase its use of solar power for its energy needs. The recently completed solar array will generate just under 3,000 megawatt hours of energy each year, providing… Read More →

Intel unveils largest corporate solar carport array in Arizona

Intel Ocotillo Campus Solar Arrays

Intel found a second use for its Ocotillo Campus parking lot in Chandler by installing a 7.7 megawatt solar carport array over 3,200 of its parking spaces. The solar carports provide enough energy to power about 1,160 American homes through the course of the year and will be used as part of Intel’s energy mix… Read More →

UA expert warns of challenges posed by wildland fires

Addressing congressional staff in Washington, D.C., ecologist Donald Falk warned that decades of fire suppression, coupled with drier and warmer temperatures in some regions, are leading to longer fire seasons, larger fires and greater area burned in the U.S. “The problem is not going away,” said Falk, an associate professor in the University of Arizona’s School… Read More →

Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

EPA-imposed emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected arguments by the Arizona Department of Environmental… Read More →

Phoenix sets ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal

Air Quality

The Phoenix City Council this week unanimously approved an ambitious new goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent within its own operations by 2025. The City Council took action after hearing an update on the city’s progress towards its long term goal of becoming a carbon-neutral city.   “Phoenix has authored one of… Read More →

Western mayors talk water conservation, stay mum on drought allotments

Water conservation
by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Nearly a dozen Western mayors gathered Wednesday to discuss anything and everything “water” except the region’s drought contingency plan – what Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called “the 800-pound gorilla in the room.” Stanton, speaking after a panel on the issue at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting here, said the federal contingency plan is under… Read More →

Arizona still a power in solar power, despite other states’ gains

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A month after it announced plans to develop a new solar power plant in Gila Bend, Vasari Energy was back in November to double down on its Arizona investment, expanding the plant’s capacity to power more than 7,000 homes. For California-based Vasari Energy it was a smart business move to bolster the company’s planned solar… Read More →

Dawn Meidinger appointed environmental group chair at Fennemore Craig

Maria Speth

Fennemore Craig Phoenix office Partner Dawn Meidinger has been appointed as the new Practice Group Chair of the firm’s natural resources, energy and environmental law practice group. “Dawn possesses a deep knowledge of the law relating to natural resources, energy and the environment,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We are proud to have her on… Read More →

Op-Ed: Partnerships and Collaboration Drive Environmental Progress

by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

America has always had its share of people working together to achieve the impossible. It’s what we do – unite to accomplish the seemingly un-accomplishable act. To shine a light on solutions that will make a difference. In the environmental movement, we learned long ago that working together will also be what protects nature and… Read More →

SRP will begin 1st biomass test burn at CGS on Wednesday

Salt River Project this week will begin a three-week test burn of more than 3,900 tons – or about 300 acres – of forest debris biomass at its Coronado Generating Station (CGS). The test is planned as part of the continued stewardship of Arizona’s water and power resources by evaluating the viability of reducing fire… Read More →

Is Phoenix’s Urban Heat Island becoming a hazard?

Downtown Phoenix
by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

Phoenix’s continuous temperature rise over the past several years has become a major environmental issue for the greater metropolitan area. When pavement and cement structures are in high temperature areas they absorb and maintain heat, which becomes known as an urban heat island (UHI). It is a man-made problem and can impact the overall climate… Read More →

Effects of global warming are felt in Phoenix

by in AZ Business Magazine | Green

With 2016 on track to surpass 2015 as the hottest year on record, the desert city of Phoenix has experienced some of its hottest temperatures. State Climatologist Dr. Nancy J. Selover presides over Arizona’s climate information and has served the area in climate information for nearly 30 years. Selover says the impacts are being felt… Read More →

Misty Hyman partners with CAP for Lake Mead campaign

Misty Hyman

Central Arizona Project has joined forces with an Olympic gold medal winner to promote its latest public awareness campaign. Misty Hyman, the former competitive swimmer and world record holder who captured a gold medal in the women’s 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, will be a featured face and voice for “Project… Read More →