Federal & Other

Download our briefs on existing policies implemented by a Federal agency or an entity outside of Arizona that affect or are of interest to Arizona.

Mexico's General Law on Climate Change/Ley General de Cambio Climático

Published April 2012
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The essentials

  • Mexico recently passed the General Law on Climate Change, which may have impacts on energy policy decisions made in Arizona.  The Law calls for
    • Reducing CO2 emissions by 51 million tons by 2012
    • 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020
    • A 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050;
    • 35% of electricity from renewable sources before 2024.
    • Mexico’s natural gas consumption has increased over 30% since 2000, and their oil consumption dropped 30% over the same time. Mexico’s energy use from renewable sources remains static at 4%.
    • The 35% national renewable energy standard presents export opportunities for Arizona while Mexico builds its renewable energy infrastructure.

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds

Published March 2012
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The essentials

  • A Qualified Energy Conservation Bond is a qualified tax credit bond allocated by the Treasury Department to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and tribal governments.
  • Federal funds are available for local energy efficiency programs, renewable energy production, technology research and commercialization projects throughout Arizona.
  • About $67 million has been allocated to Arizona.
  • The funds are not being used due (at least in part) to lack of intergovernmental communication and guidance.

California's 2012 Renewable Portfolio Standard: How will Arizona and the Southwest be affected?

Published March 2012
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The essentials

UPDATE: CA's RPS standards have changed. For an updated version of this brief, please see California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard: How will Arizona and the Southwest be affected? (Part II).

  • Many states throughout the West (including Arizona) export power to California, where energy demand is very high.
  • California recently set a 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) -- one of the most aggressive standards in the country.
  • Because of California’s large energy demand, it could have substantial effect on renewable energy development across the Western U.S. electric grid.
  • California’s RPS law sets quotas for (1) in-state (or designated equivalent by the CA balancing authority) renewable resources, and (2) out-of-state resources.  These limits will affect the amount of renewable energy Arizona and other states can export to California.