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Arizona Energy Consortium forms own organization

After several years under the leadership of the Arizona Technology Council, the Arizona Energy Consortium (AEC) today announced the formation of its own 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Comprised of over 200 members, the AEC is the only all-encompassing energy group in Arizona. The AEC — co-chaired by Michelle De Blasi, an environmental and energy law partner with the law firm of Gammage & Burnham, and Chris Davey, president of EnviroMission, Inc. — will continue to act as a resource for the Council on energy policy issues.

“Both the Arizona Technology Council and the AEC are proud to have reached this momentous occasion where a newly formed organization has realized the ability to stand on its own,” said Steven G. Zylstra, the Council’s president and CEO. “As a state organization that represents a wide range of types of businesses from various technology industries, the Council is proud to have served as an initial home for the AEC. The consortium has functioned exactly as expected in working harmoniously and collaboratively for the common interest of the state’s energy sector. We wish them all the best in their new endeavor.”

The AEC was originally established as a business consortium for Arizona’s energy industry. “By combining business leadership with guidance for good public policy, the AEC has worked hard since its inception to promote policies that will help strengthen the energy industry and reduce barriers to development,” said De Blasi. “We will continue to play an important role in helping Arizona’s energy industry achieve its full potential.”

With all of the recent policy changes affecting a sector of Arizona’s solar industry, Davey knows the importance of consistent policy in supporting an emerging industry.

“In an ever-changing energy market, the AEC will continue with its collaboration with key stakeholders to develop the Arizona Energy Roadmap and Solar Strategic Plan,” said Davey, who is developing a cutting-edge utility scale solar energy project in Arizona. “We will continue working with others to build on the foundations of a long-term, statewide plan for the energy industry to ensure it is a key economic driver for the state and the region as a whole.”

Any person or company that wishes to become an AEC member can contact De Blasi at mdeblasi@azenergy.org or Davey atcdavey@azenergy.org.

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Congressional Candidates To Provide Input On Energy Policies

The Arizona Energy Consortium (AEC), a committee of the Arizona Technology Council, announced that it has invited the state’s District Nine congressional candidates to attend its next regularly scheduled meeting to discuss their energy policies. The meeting is Friday, June 15, 2012 at 9 a.m. in the Phoenix office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

“As Arizona positions itself to be a leader in solar energy production and grow the industry in both our state and nationally, the AEC’s updated Arizona Solar Strategic Plan establishes the foundation for us to move the discussion and planning efforts forward,” said Michelle De Blasi, a shareholder and Phoenix Group Chair of the Energy and Infrastructure Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, as well as co-chair of the AEC. “Through increased collaboration among energy sector participants, including the legislators, we look forward to identifying ways to integrate into our diverse energy mix the many facets of solar production — solar generation, technology innovation and manufacturing.”

Christopher Davey, Executive Director of EnviroMission and co-chair of the AEC, commented, “We are thrilled that the congressional candidates will join the AEC and share their policies on Arizona’s Energy Future.”

According to the AEC, the congressional candidates confirmed to attend the meeting include Andrei Cherney, Travis Grantham, Leah Campos Schandlbauer, David Schapira, Kyrsten Sinema and Jeff Thompson.

For more information on the Arizona Technology Council and their energy policies, visit Arizona Technology Council’s website at aztechcouncil.org.