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February 12, 2014

  • Renewable Energy Standards  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission has decided to take another look at renewable energy standards, which requires that 15% of energy generated in the state come from renewable sources by 2025. Thirty percent of that energy must come from small energy generation sources, mostly rooftop solar. Arizona Public Service Company has asked the commission to end that requirement because the method of counting those sources has been eliminated. Solar panel installers fear it’s an attempt to eliminate the competition on the part of APS. Amanda Ormond, managing director of the Western Grid Group and former director of the Arizona Energy Office, will discuss the possible rule changes.

November 26, 2013

  • Sustainability: Landfill Gas Electricity  |   Video
    • The Waste Management Northwest Regional Landfill is producing 3.2 Megawatts of electricity for APS. Located in Surprise, the facility is producing enough electricity from landfill gases to power 2,000 homes. Scott Bradley, Waste Management Four Corners Area Vice President, will discuss the power-producing landfill.

November 18, 2013

  • Net Metering  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission voted to add a fee for those using rooftop solar panels. The new fee is 70 cents per kilowatt hour, which will add about $5 a month for a typical rooftop solar user. The fee was much less than sought by Arizona Public Service, which is seeking to reduce the subsidy given to solar power users by about half. Pat Quinn, director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office, will discuss the commission’s decision.

November 13, 2013

  • Net Metering Hearings  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission will have two days of hearings on a proposal by Arizona Public Service to cut incentives for those looking to install rooftop solar panels on their homes. Arizona Capitol Times reporter Luige del Puerto will talk about the issue.

August 8, 2013

  • Electric Deregulation  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission is looking into possibly deregulating the electrical industry, calling it “marketplace competition.” Deregulation proponent Stan Barnes of Copper State consulting and Chuck Coughlin of the Arizona Power Consumers Coalition, which is against deregulation, will discuss the issue.

July 31, 2013

  • APS Solar Power Charges  |   Video
    • Arizona Public Service released a plan recently to charge residential customers who install solar panels $50 to $100 more a month. The utility says the charges are needed to maintain the electricity grid, but the move is facing lots of opposition, including a vote by the Cave Creek town council to oppose the plan. Barbara Lockwood, General Manager of Energy Innovation for APS, will discuss the plan.

July 23, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Wind Energy Project  |   Video
    • U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel recently announced the approval of a massive new wind energy project in Arizona. The Mohave County Wind Farm will create up to 500 megawatts of electricity, enough for 175,000 homes. It will also create 750 jobs. The project, proposed by BP Wind Energy North America, will have up to 243 wind turbines on federal lands. It will be located about 40 miles northwest of Kingman. Ray Suazo, the State Director for the Arizona Bureau of Land Management office, will talk about the new project.

June 11, 2013

  • Commercial Zero-Energy Building  |   Video
    • DPR Construction, a builder specializing in highly complex and sustainable projects, has built a net-zero energy consumption building for its Phoenix Regional Office. Producing as much or more energy than it consumes, DPR’s Phoenix office is the largest building in the world and only the second in the United States to achieve Net Zero Energy Building certification to date. Dave Elrod, Regional Manager for DPR Construction, will discuss his company’s net-zero energy building.

May 21, 2013

  • Electric Deregulation   |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission may be looking at the issue of deregulation for electric utilities again. The commission is taking steps to set up public hearings about the issue. Former commissioner Jeff Hatch-Miller and current commissioner Bob Burns will discuss electric deregulation.

April 25, 2013

  • APS and Solar Power  |   Video
    • A new poll shows that Arizonans support solar energy and want choices beyond utility-provided energy. Mark Schiavoni, the senior Vice President of Operations for Arizona Public Service, and Jeff Guldner, senior Vice President of Customers & Regulation for APS, will respond to the poll’s results.

March 26, 2013

  • Suntech Solar Power Plant Closed  |   Video
    • The Suntech Power Holding’s Goodyear solar panel assembly plant has closed. Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal will talk about why the plant has closed and the state of solar power businesses in Arizona.

March 21, 2013

  • New EPA Haze Regulations  |   Video
    • New Environmental Protection Agency regulations on haze have some Arizona leaders saying that the regulations could lead to higher energy costs and a loss of jobs. State lawmakers want to allow states to set air standard regulations. Sandy Bahr of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will discuss the issue of haze regulation.

February 26, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Compressed Natural Gas Garbage Trucks  |   Video
    • The city of Phoenix has unveiled its new compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste trucks, which collect trash and recyclables for nearly 400,000 Phoenix households. Currently, the Public Works Department operates six CNG solid waste trucks and within two months, 20 percent of its fleet of solid waste trucks will be CNG vehicles. John Trujillo, Acting Director of the Phoenix Public Works Department, will tell us more about the CNG trucks.

February 12, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Maricopa Solar Power Plant   |   Video
    • A hearing was held recently on a proposed 300-megawatt solar power plant in Maricopa. The Maricopa Solar Park Project would be built on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. BLM Arizona representative Dennis Godfrey will discuss the idea.

January 31, 2013

  • Arizona's Renewable Energy  |   Video
    • A move to reduce renewable energy standards for APS by the Arizona Corporation Commission has been tabled, but incentives for large commercial solar power projects have been cut. Commissioner Gary Pierce will discuss the commission’s stance on renewable energy.

January 24, 2013

  • Arizona Renewable Energy Future  |   Video
    • Renewable energy advocates are concerned that the new Arizona Corporation Commission will slow Arizona’s renewable energy momentum. Former Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes and Solar industry representative Lon Huber talk about some of the related issues the Commission will have an opportunity to decide.

November 28, 2012

  • Solar Energy Conference  |   Video
    • Leaders in Solar Energy are meeting in Phoenix this week for the Solarpraxis PV Power Plants Conference. Greg Watkins, the President of TAWA Power, a California-based Native American-owned renewable energy company, comments on the conference and renewable energy opportunities & challenges on Arizona’s tribal lands.

November 21, 2012

  • Arizona's Renewable Energy   |   Video
    • Kris Mayes, a former Arizona Corporation Commissioner and current Faculty Director for the Program on Law and Sustainability at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, talks about Arizona’s renewable energy standard and plans to launch a Utility of the Future Center at ASU.

November 19, 2012

  • Saving Billions with Energy Efficiency  |   Video
    • The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has released a report that shows how Arizona households and businesses can save billions of dollars through improved energy efficiency. SWEEP Executive Director Howard Geller talks about the report.

March 15, 2012

November 17, 2011

  • Arizona Town Hall: Energy
    • Participants in the 99th Arizona Town Hall on “Arizona’s Energy Future” discuss the group’s recommendations.

November 7, 2011

September 15, 2011

  • ASU and Solar Energy  |   Video
    • After years of installing solar panels on campus parking structures and rooftops, Arizona State University has exceeded 10 megawatts of solar energy capacity. Find out more about ASU’s commitment to solar power from David Brixen, ASU's associate vice president of Facilities Development and Management, and Morgan Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer, and CFO at ASU.

September 6, 2011

  • Solar Energy: A Bipartisan Issue  |   Video
    • Democratic Arizona Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman and Republican attorney Jordan Rose talk about why they believe solar energy is an issue both political parties should support.

August 22, 2011

  • Rural Energy  |   Video
    • The Obama Administration will be giving grants to help small businesses, ranchers and farmers in Arizona install renewable energy systems or make energy efficient improvements. Ten Arizona rural businesses will be given the Rural Energy for America Program grants. Arizona State Director for Rural Development Alan Stephens will discuss the grants.

August 18, 2011

  • Biofuels Initiative  |   Video
    • The Obama Administration is planning a major investment in biofuels for military and commercial transportation. Dan Rees, the president of REV Biodiesel in Gilbert, AZ and Dr. Milton Sommerfeld, Co-Director of ASU’s Laboratory of Algae Research and Biotechnology talk about how this new investment could impact Arizona’s biofuels industry.

November 9, 2010

  • Arizona Technology and Innovation  |   Video
    • We kick off a new series on the latest in the high-tech arena. The first “Arizona Technology and Innovation” segment looks at how researchers at the University of Arizona are working on capturing wasted heat energy and turning it into electricity using quantum effects. Researchers Charles Stafford and Justin Bergfield will explain the concept.

November 8, 2010

  • Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • A public forum will be held November 15th to consider the impact on water and energy users if expensive federal pollution regulations force the closing of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Northeastern Arizona. Susan Bitter Smith, President of the Central Arizona Project’s Board of Directors, discusses the issue.
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October 19, 2010

  • Clean Energy Innovation  |   Video
    • Participants in the Southwest Energy Innovation Forum, held this week in Scottsdale, discussed ideas to improve the nation’s clean energy future. Two speakers at the event, Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Kris Mayes and Gary Dirks, director of ASU’s Lightworks, talk about opportunities for Arizona to reach its potential as a leader in renewable energy.

August 23, 2010

  • Energy Efficiency Standard  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission recently approved one of the most aggressive energy efficiency standards in the nation. It requires regulated utilities to reduce the amount of energy they sell 22% by 2020. Jeff Schlegel of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and ASU professor Matthew Croucher discuss what it will take to reach that goal.

April 22, 2010

  • Energize Phoenix  |   Video
    • Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon talks about a huge grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will be used to launch an “Energize Phoenix” project that will save energy, create thousands of “green jobs” and transform aging homes and neighborhoods into models of energy efficiency.

April 14, 2010

  • Tribal Energy Economies  |   Video
    • ASU Professor Carl Artman, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, is now in charge of the university’s Economic Development in Indian Country Program. He talks about opportunities for tribes in the production of traditional and renewable energy.

February 23, 2010

  • New Solar Power Plant  |   Video
    • The City of Phoenix has awarded a contract to Tessera Solar for a new 250-megawatt solar power plant to be located at the city’s landfill in Buckeye. It will be able to provide power to 50,000 homes. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and a representative of Tessera Solar will discuss the project.

February 3, 2010

  • Nuclear Power in Arizona
    • President Obama and Governor Brewer are among those calling for a renewed commitment to nuclear energy. What is the future of nuclear power in Arizona? Guests include: Renz Jennings, former Arizona Corporation Commissioner, and Keith Holbert, Ph.D., ASU School of Engineering.

November 18, 2009

  • Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • The EPA may force the Navajo Generating Station to install expensive emission controls on the coal-fired power plant located in Page, Arizona. The plant has long been criticized for contributing to haze in the Grand Canyon. Central Arizona Project Board President Susan Bitter Smith explains how new emission controls could impact the price of water.

October 14, 2009

  • Water and Energy  |   Video
    • It takes large amounts of water to produce energy, and it takes energy to treat and distribute water. The demand for both are ever-increasing in a growing state like Arizona. Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Kris Mayes, Arizona Investment Council President Gary Yaquinto, and Professor Mike Pasqualetti of ASU’S School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning discuss this inter-relationship between energy and water and how to ensure Arizona has a sustainable supply of both.

August 19, 2009

  • Arizona's Growing Bioscience Sector  |   Video
    • Dr. Jeffrey Trent, President and Research Director of TGEN; Marty Shultz, Chair of the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee; and Dr. Michael Mobley of ASU's Biodesign Institute and Board Chairman of the Arizona Bioindustry Association discuss what Arizona is doing to grow its biotech sector and become a global leader in bioscience research and commerce.

February 11, 2009

  • Renewable Energy Tax Credit Bill  |   Video
    • The President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council talks about a bill recently introduced by state lawmakers that offers economic incentives to renewable energy companies that move their headquarters or manufacturing facilities to Arizona.

June 11, 2008

  • French Fry Trucks  |   Video
    • With gas prices as high as they are, wouldn�t it be nice to put vegetable oil in your tank? Here�s one company that�s doing just that.

November 29, 2007

  • French Fry Trucks
    • An Arizona Carls Jr. franchisee has converted his company's trucks to run on french fry oil.

July 26, 2007

  • Renewable Energy
    • Arizona State University is hosting a renewable energy conference this week. Cheri Faso of the American Council On Renewable Energy in Washington DC is taking part in the conference, and will appear on Horizon to talk about it. Find out more. Visit the Acore Web site.

June 20, 2007

  • Alternative Energy Mandate
    • An Alternative Energy mandate for public utilities company was imposed by the Corporation Commission. Commissioner Kris Mayes was present talking about the new mandate.

January 17, 2007

  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary
    • A look at the 5th most influential story covered on HORIZON in the last 25 years: The alternative fuels scandal.

November 16, 2006

  • Fuel Mileage
    • since 1996, nine of the 13 major car manufacturers selling cars in the United States have actually had a decrease in the average gas mileage of the vehicles they sell. Phyllis Rowe of the Arizona Consumer Council will talk about a grassroots effort to increase fuel mileage of vehicles.

September 20, 2006

  • Gasoline prices
    • The current price of gas has decreased drastically in the past several weeks. Experts say the price is going to keep on dropping. We'll talk to an expert about the reason for the change.

August 21, 2006

  • GA$
    • An examination of the volatility of gas prices, the reasons, the politics, supply and demand. Guests include ASU Law Professor Orde Kittre.

July 3, 2006

  • Power Hungry: Arizona's Energy Needs
    • A Horizon Special Horizon examines the demand and supply of the states energy needs. We look at current sources, how more energy can be developed and how suppliers are racing to keep up, including the possibility of building a refinery here and adding a pipeline. Finally, we consider alternative sources and new technologies to feed our hunger for energy.

June 28, 2006

  • GA$: A HORIZON Miniseries
    • Part three of four. How can the supply of fuel be better moved across our state? And will we ever run out of oil to produce the fuel products we consume? Stan Barnes of Copper State Consulting joins HORIZON for a discussion.

June 27, 2006

  • GA$: A HORIZON Miniseries
    • Part two of four. How do politics affect prices at the pump? Can we vote our way to lower gas prices?

June 26, 2006

  • GA$: A HORIZON Miniseries
    • Part one of four. What determines prices at the pump? How much of the cost of a gallon of gas pays for taxes and special blends? Why are prices volatile? HORIZON gives you the answers to these questions and more in this first installment of a four-part miniseries.

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