ACC votes to support solar development in Arizona

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents solar developers that prevailed on this issue AZBigMedia Today, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted to reject a request from the state’s investor-owned utilities to set two-year contract terms for renewable energy projects under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). Instead, commissioners voted unanimously to set contract terms at 18 years, providing renewable energy developers …

Metro Phoenix 6th in national study of solar penetration; ‘amazing’ given existing roadblocks, says Court Rich, co-founder, and director of Renewable Energy

By Orion Rummler | Axios Five cities in California have the nation’s highest density of homes with solar panels, while Detroit has the lowest, according to new analysis that uses AI to track solar deployment via high-resolution aerial imagery. What they did: Cape Analytics analyzed visual data on tens of millions of homes in major metro areas nationwide by working …

California ditched coal. The gas company is worried it’s next; ‘why use gas when we can use sunshine instead,’ Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder asks

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Every day, millions of Californians burn a planet-warming fossil fuel to cook dinner, stay warm or take a hot shower. Persuading people to stop using that fuel, natural gas, is shaping up to be the next act in California’s war on climate change. And unlike the state’s successful push to ditch coal — …

[OPINION] How to keep the lights on in wildfire season — go solar; but not only during fire season, says Rose Law Group Co-Founder Court Rich

By Susannah Churchill  | San Francisco Chronicle Forced power outages are not the right long-term solution for people who rely on powered medical devices, critical facilities like fire stations and hospitals, and our everyday connected lives. This week’s “public safety power shut-offs” for 800,000 California customers are a stark reminder of the new normal we cannot allow ourselves to quietly accept. Instead, …

Unprecedented power outages begin in California as winds bring critical fire danger; rooftop solar demand spike likely, says Rose Law Group co-founder Court Rich

By Joseph Serna, Jaclyn Cosgrove, Patrick McGreevy | Los Angeles Times In an unprecedented move, Pacific Gas & Electric early Wednesday began shutting off power to about 800,000 customers across Northern California in an attempt to avoid wildfires caused by winds damaging power equipment. The first power cutoffs, expected to affect 513,000 customers, began shortly after midnight in several counties around Sacramento, …

EPCOR proposes big hook-up fee increases to pay for infrastructure; ‘not unexpected’ says Court Rich, Rose Law Group co-founder

By Joey Chenoweth | San Tan Valley Sentinel New hook-ups to the Johnson Utilities water system will cost more than three times as much as current rates should regulators approve an application for an increase. EPCOR Water, the interim manager for the embattled Pinal County utility, sent an application to the Arizona Corporation Commission requesting a significant increase in hook-up …

[OPINION] Rose Law Group Co-Founder Court Rich in AZCentral: Here’s the question no one is asking about APS’s secret spending

Opinion: Why did APS funnel money to support the son of a regulator when he ran for secretary of state? The Corporation Commission needs to ask. By Court Rich, opinion contributor, senior partner, Rose Law Group  (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) What struck me most about the Arizona Corporation Commission’s questioning of APS CEO Don …

Solar competition fight heats up at ACC; utilities stalling renewable energy projects

Rose Law Group Reporter Staff The fate of utility-scale solar energy competition in Arizona will be left to an administrative law judge after three days of hearings held by the Arizona Corporation Commission. The hearings also raised concerns that the Arizona Public Service and Tucson Electric Power utilities are not moving forward with new rural solar and renewable energy projects …