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Arizona may get an electricity deregulation debate, too

By: - August 14, 2018 11:52 am
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Navajo Generating Station, Navajo Reservation, Page, Arizona. (Wikimedia Commons)

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Navajo Generating Station, Navajo Reservation, Page, Arizona. (Alex Proimos, CC BY 2.0)

Sixteen states, mostly in the northeast, have adopted electricity deregulation in one form of another. Nevadans will determine whether they want to join them when voters decide the outcome of the Question 3 state constitutional amendment in November. And Arizona may also be moving toward deregulation — again.

Five years ago the Arizona Corporations Commission rejected a plan to deregulate its electricity market. Now three of the commission’s five members have written letters supporting the idea of reexamining the issue, reports the Arizona Capitol Times.

The commission also briefly considered reopening the deregulation debate in 2015, but didn’t move forward.

Commissioners voted 4 to 1 against deregulation in 2013, citing constitutional questions and amid spirited opposition from rural electric cooperatives. But commissioners seeking to consider deregulation say the results could be different now, since four of the regulatory panel’s five members were not on the commission in 2013, the Capitol Times reported.

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Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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