EPCOR to meet San Tan Valley residents during open house; Rose Law Group Senior Partner Court Rich ‘hopeful’

By Heather Smathers | Pinal Central Community members will be able to ask questions of the company managing water and sewer services in San Tan Valley. Representatives from EPCOR Water will host an open house for customers of Johnson Utilities to ask questions and to better understand EPCOR’s interim management of Johnson, said EPCOR spokeswoman Rebecca Stenholm. Earlier this year …

Customers to get refund for paying Johnson Utilities’ income taxes; ’ACC got it right,’ says Rose Law Group Senior Partner Court Rich

By Jake Kincaid | San Tan Valley Sentinel San Tan Valley residents will receive a refund from Johnson Utilities for the money that was being recovered from ratepayers to pay the company’s income tax. Customers will be getting a refund in the form of a direct credit to their accounts. From the water division, Johnson Utilities was found to be …

Florence targets Johnson’s certificate to operate on south side; Court Rich, Rose Law Group senior partner, comments

Pinal Central The town is seeking to revoke developer and utility company owner George Johnson’s legal right to provide water and sewer services to a housing development he proposed south of downtown Florence several years ago. The Town Council unanimously passed a resolution in a special meeting on Sept. 7 authorizing the town manager and the town’s lawyers to seek …

ADEQ wants info on Johnson Utilities before approving STV developments; unfair to delay development, says Rose Law Group Senior Partner Court Rich

By Jake Kincaid | PinalCentral As EPCOR peers into the inner workings of Johnson Utilities, state actors who have struggled to regulate them into compliance anxiously await what they may find, with the potential consequence of freezing development across the Johnson Utilities service area. While EPCOR asked for patience, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Misael Cabrera said the agency …

SRP officials hotly contest clean energy ballot measure; SRP’s contribution is “offensive,” says Court Rich, Rose Law Group senior partner, director of Renewable Energy Department 

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic Salt River Project officials on Monday hotly debated whether they should get involved in campaign efforts opposing a clean-energy ballot measure that voters will decide in November. The public utility ultimately decided to contribute a token $50,000 toward the effort but with the promise the funds won’t go to groups affiliated with Arizona Public …

Queen Creek requests the ACC to amend Johnson Utilities’ convenience certificate; Rose Law Group Senior Partner Court Rich comments

  Queen Creek Independent The Town of Queen Creek recently filed two applications with the Arizona Corporation Commission requesting an amendment to the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity granted to Johnson Utilities for wastewater services. The applications request the removal of three areas of undeveloped land, all within the Town of Queen Creek’s water service area, according to a press …

TEP to join opposition to Arizona clean-energy initiative; ‘not surprising,’ says Rose Law Group Senior Partner and Director of Renewable Energy Department Court Rich

  By David Wichner | Arizona Daily Star Tucson Electric Power Co. hasn’t actively campaigned against a ballot proposition that would require state-regulated utilities to dramatically increase their use of renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Until now. UNS Energy Inc., parent of TEP and sister rural utility UNS Electric, has formed and plans to fund two political action …

The ramifications of APS decision not to spend on Corporation Commission primary; Court Rich, Rose Law Group senior partner and director of Renewable Energy Department, says don’t think the utility won’t spend in future elections

By Katie Campbell and Jeremy | Arizona Capitol Times The state’s largest utility is staying out of the Republican primary race for two open Arizona Corporation Commission seats, risking a shakeup that could have serious ramifications for the company. Whether the literal powerhouse that is Arizona Public Service has had a change of heart about its history of election spending …

Relaxed fuel standards could jeopardize Arizona’s air quality; ‘huge issue in Phoenix area,’ says Court Rich, Rose Law Group partner and director of Renewable Energy Department

The state is opposing the Trump administration’s proposed changes over ozone pollution concerns By Zack Colman, E&E News | Scientific American The Trump administration’s plan to roll back federal car standards promises to be a major fight with California and other liberal states. But it’s also opposed by at least one state that voted for President Trump. Arizona wants to maintain the …