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Apache Solar Dedication Receives Keynote From Congresswoman McSally

BENSON – Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-02) was the keynote speaker as Arizona G&T Cooperatives (AzGT) celebrated adding 20 MW of renewable solar energy to its energy portfolio during the dedication of the Apache Solar Project on Sept. 22, 2017. The Apache Solar Project is on the east side of Highway 191, just north of the […]

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U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on WOTUS Repeal

For Immediate Release June 27, 2017   WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement regarding the decision by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to propose a rule to repeal the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and substantially redefine it to be consistent with Supreme Court decisions and long-standing practice: […]

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NRECA Supports WOTUS Withdrawal, Calls for Reasonable Replacement

  For Immediate Release June 27, 2017   Contact: Dan Riedinger | 202-403-7517 electric.coop | @NRECANews ARLINGTON, Va. – National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson today issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to withdraw the controversial 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.   “We appreciate EPA […]

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Seeking More Info from WAPA

By Steven Johnson, Staff Writer 5/22/2017 An Arizona G&T official backed legislation in the House of Representatives aimed at getting the Western Area Power Administration to explain how it puts together its wholesale power rates. “I cannot fully explain in detail why rates from Western have increased,” said Patrick Ledger, CEO of Arizona Electric Power […]

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Power Official Backs Transparency Bill, After Questions About Spending

By Joe Gilmore | Cronkite News Thursday, May 18, 2017 WASHINGTON – A Western Area Power Administration official told a House subcommittee Thursday that he is committed to transparency at the agency, where audits found as much as $6.8 million in questionable purchases by employees in recent years. Dennis Sullivan, interim chief financial officer for […]

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Arizona’s Electric Cooperatives Support “First Step” Toward Workable Regulations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 29, 2017   Contact: Geoff Oldfather AzGT Cooperative Communications and Public Relations Manager goldfather@azgt.coop (520) 444-3473   Jim Donahue Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association Director of Communications jdonahue@gcseca.coop (602) 286-6925   Benson – Arizona’s not for profit, member-owned electric cooperatives applaud the executive order issued Tuesday by the White […]

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NRECA Statement on Confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry for Energy Secretary

For Immediate Release March 2, 2017 Contact: Dan Riedinger | 202-403-7517 electric.coop | @NRECANews ARLINGTON, Va. — National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson today issued the following statement regarding Rick Perry’s confirmation as Secretary of Energy. “We congratulate Rick Perry on his confirmation by the Senate to lead the Department of Energy, which […]

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Electric Co-ops Welcome Trump Administration’s Decision to Revisit WOTUS

For Immediate Release February 28, 2017   Contact: Dan Riedinger | 202-403-7517 electric.coop | @NRECANews   ARLINGTON, Va. — National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson today issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s executive order on the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS):   “The Waters of the U.S. rule […]

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AzGT Assists SSVEC With 20 MW Solar Array

(COCHISE) Calling the partnership with Arizona G&T Cooperatives(AzGT) a key “to getting it off the ground,” officials with Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative(SSVEC) dedicated their 20 megawatt solar field adjacent to the Apache Generating Station on December 21. A group of about 50 people, including elected officials and their staff, SSVEC directors and staff, AzGT […]

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Up, Up and Away: AzGT journeyman linemen take to the skies over rugged terrain

(BENSON) Working in high places comes with the territory for a journeyman lineman.  But sometimes the job calls for going above and beyond what already gives many people sweaty palms.  Last spring when steep, rocky terrain prevented Arizona Generation and Transmission Cooperatives’(AzGT) line crews from using bucket trucks below the lines, they worked above them. […]

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SENATE ADOPTS McCAIN-FLAKE AMENDMENT TO REIN-IN FEDERAL OVERREACH IN RURAL ARIZONA

Washington, D.C. ­– The U.S. Senate has adopted an amendment filed by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to address the concerns of Arizona power customers about the Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) federal overreach. Specifically, the amendment would require WAPA to report […]

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AzGT CEO Supports Bill to Increase Western Area Power Administration Transparency

NEWS Contact: Dan Riedinger | 703-907-5616 w | 202-403-7517 m | dan.riedinger@nreca.coop www.nreca.coop | @NRECANews For Immediate Release                      April 20, 2016  (WASHINGTON) — Arizona Generation and Transmission Cooperatives (AzGT) CEO Patrick Ledger today told a House Natural Resources subpanel that legislation is needed to improve transparency at the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). In testimony […]

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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON SUPREME COURT’S DECISION TO BLOCK EPA’S POWER REGULATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, February 10, 2016    Contact: Rachael Dean or Julie Tarallo    (202) 224-7130 (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement Wednesday on the Supreme Court’s decision to block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power regulations: “The Supreme Court’s decision to block implementation of the EPA’s […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay for Clean Power Plan

(BENSON) – The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay for the Environmental Protection Agency’s(EPA) Clean Power Plan(CPP) February.  The narrow five to four decision will block the EPA’s carbon rules for power plants while the Court considers challenges from states and industry groups.  The decision reverses a lower court’s decision last month to not grant […]

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EPA Dramatically Underestimates Clean Power Plan Costs to Electric Co-ops, New NRECA Analysis Finds

(ARLINGTON, Va.) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has dramatically underestimated the Clean Power Plan’s costs to electric co-ops, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) said. NRECA conducted a new economic analysis as part of its comments on the agency’s proposed federal plan and model trading rules for implementing the regulation. Specifically, NRECA […]

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EPA’S CLEAN POWER PLAN WILL IMPACT ELECTRIC RATES, RELIABILITY IN RURAL AREAS

State Lawmakers on Joint Legislative Review Committee Learn Specifics of Plan and How it Will Hurt Local Economies (Benson) – State legislators on a fact-finding trip heard that the U.S. Environmental Protection agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will have a serious impact on electric rates for […]

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U.S. Rep. McSally Votes to Protect Rural Residents and Jobs

Resolutions Overturning EPA Carbon Rules Pass House   (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Martha McSally this month voted to stand up for rural Arizona residents and overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) harmful carbon rules on new and existing power plants. The EPA’s rules, which were modified in August after Rep. McSally’s extensive advocacy efforts, […]

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McSally Focuses on Apache Generating Station, Clean Power Plan

Calls plant “so important for power, jobs,” in first State of the District speech (SIERRA VISTA) — Congresswoman Martha McSally said protecting the Apache Generating Station from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “overreach” will continue to be one of her priorities as she serves in Congress. McSally, (R-CD2), discussed what she called the “major […]

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ARIZONA SENATORS FLAKE, MCCAIN CRITICAL OF FEDERAL POWER AGENCY

Letter asks for explanation of why Western Area Power Administration is raising rates, calls for oversight, accountability (Tempe, AZ) — Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are expressing strong concerns that a federal agency involved in marketing and delivering hydroelectric power throughout much of the western United States is expanding its mission and raising […]

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NRECA Files Legal Challenge to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

(ARLINGTON, VA) — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. “This rule goes far beyond what the Clean Air Act authorizes the EPA to do and will challenge our nation’s electric system,” said Debbie Wing, NRECA director […]

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Game Ball Ceremony Salutes Co-ops

AEPCO Board Member Dan Barrera says National Co-op Month and Co-op Community Support Should be Recognized (Benson) — Dan Barrera, former teacher, coach, and long-time board member at both Arizona’s G&T Cooperatives (AzGT) and Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Co-op (SSVEC), wanted to do something special for the cooperatives to kick off national Co-op Month for […]

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Co-ops remained concerned about Clean Power Plan

The struggle to determine what the Clean Power Plan will mean for rural electric cooperatives continues to generate discussion.  One of the latest articles to address these concerns is featured in Agri-Pulse.   The following link leads to the copyrighted article that is courtesy of Agri-Pulse: http://www.agri-pulse.com/Rural-co-ops-fight-to-survive-Clean-Power-Plan-carbon-limits-9-29-15.asp

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FINAL EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN RELAXES CARBON LIMITS, EXTENDS TIMELINE FOR COMPLIANCE

Electric Cooperative Member-Consumers Face Higher Costs, Reliability Concerns (Benson) – Almost half a million rural electric cooperative member-consumers in Arizona, California, and New Mexico will be affected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) final rule, and the impacts could include everything from rate hikes to issues of reliability. The final […]

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NRECA: EPA’s Landmark CO2 Rule Remains Flawed

From the Aug. 4, 2015 Electric Co-op Today — NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson said the nation’s electric cooperatives remain concerned that the Obama administration’s new high-profile greenhouse gas regulations go too far and too fast at the expense of affordable and reliable electricity. After Administrator Gina McCarthy briefed reporters on EPA’s new greenhouse gas […]