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Town hall on Proposition 127 set for Wednesday

September 25, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The Grand Canyon Electric Cooperative Association will present information on — and its opposition to — Proposition 127 on the Arizona ballot at a town hall meeting Wednesday at Suddenlink Community Center, 2380 Suddenlink Way, in Bullhead City, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting is aimed at Mohave Electric Cooperative members but is open to the public.

Proposition 127, to be decided in the Nov. 6 general election, is a proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution that would increase the state’s renewable portfolio standards. An RPS is a mandate that electric utilities acquire a minimum amount of electricity from renewable energy sources. As of 2018, Arizona’s RPS is 15 percent by 2025. Proposition 127 would increase the RPS to 50 percent by 2030.

The initiative would define renewable energy to include sources such as solar, wind, biomass, certain hydropower, geothermal and landfill gas energies. Specifically, Proposition 127 would require an increased RPS each year until reaching 50 percent in 2030.

A “yes” vote supports the constitutional amendment. A “no” vote opposes the amendment, leaving the state’s existing renewable energy requirement of 15 percent by 2025 in place.

“The proposition will impact every cooperative member in Arizona,” said John Wallace, CEO of the Grand Canyon Electric Cooperative Association. “Members will see electric bills increase about 40 percent. It’s important that MEC members understand the issue and vote ‘no’ to keep unwanted California public policy out of Arizona.”

Two registered political action committees already have spent nearly

$20 million in support of or opposition to the proposition.

Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona, funded by NextGen Climate Action, has spent more than $8 million to support the amendment. NextGen was founded by California billionaire activist and philanthropist Tom Steyer.

Arizonans for Affordable Electricity, backed by Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, has spent more than $10 million opposing the initiative. Pinnacle West Capital is the parent company of Arizona Public Service, the largest electric company in the state.

Each side has its own website: cleanhealthyaz.com in support of the proposition and VoteNoArizona.com opposing it.

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