Over the past 25-plus years, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns has received many accolades for his dedication and public service to the people of Arizona. Some observers, however, now say Burns should refrain from any votes related to water or energy because of his wife’s position on the board of directors for the Central Arizona Project (CAP).
Western Area Power Administration, which markets and transmits wholesale electricity to 15 states, including Arizona, recently was awarded the 2016 Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for a project aimed at ensuring the safety of workers near high-voltage lines.
As more solar users sell their excess energy back to utility companies, the push for reform in Arizona's net metering policies by Tucson Electric Power and Arizona Public Service is just the first wave of likely changes on the horizon as the power industry struggles to balance the costs and benefits of solar energy.
Transparency in corporations is important to the customers and company alike, and recently, Western Area Power Administration, which sells and transmits electricity to 15 western states, including Arizona, shared the status of its operations in its 2016 State of Assets report to customers and interested parties.