Arizona is Vulnerable to Climate Change:

Energy Efforts and Opinions in Arizona:

  • Sixty-four percent of Arizonan adults understand global warming is already happening and nearly half recognize that it is caused mostly by humans.

  • A strong 74 percent support funding research into renewable energy resources while 64 percent favor setting strict CO2 limits on existing coal-fired power plants.
  • Being one of the sunniest states in the country, Arizona is a leader in solar energy. It rankssecond in the country in utility-scale installed solar capacity with 2,303 MW. In 2015, $582 million was invested for solar installations.

  • Arizona has an established Renewable Energy Standard that mandates sourcing 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.  

  • The Clean Power Plan (CPP) would require Arizona to cut 33.6 percent of its power-sector emissions by 2030. A bulk of Arizona’s net energy generation comes from coal,including Navajo Generating Station's three 750-megawatt units. Natural gas and nuclear energy are also big contributors to the state’s net energy generation.  

  • fourth of the electricity consumed in Arizonans homes is for air-conditioning -- four times the national average.

  • The state isparty to the lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan and is assessing options regarding preparation of a state compliance plan.

  • Arizona-based Tucson Electric Power (TEP) anticipates adding 1.1 GW of new renewable capacity by the end of 2030 to meet Clean Power Plan requirements.